New Orleans police arrested the wife of Municipal Court Judge Paul Sens on Friday on allegations she bit her husband’s upper arm during a domestic dispute and threatened responding officers.
Ann Sens, 55, was booked on counts of domestic abuse battery and public intimidation. Court records show she posted $1,000 bail and was released.
The couple of 31 years engaged in a “verbal altercation” after Ann Sens came home drunk about 9 p.m., police said in court documents. She started swinging her arms at her husband, and Paul Sens “attempted to push his wife off him to defend himself.” She bit him on his right biceps, leaving a mark, according to a police report.
Responding officers arrested Ann Sens, who did not have any visible injuries. Paul Sens refused medical treatment for bruises and minor cuts, records show.
According to police, Ann Sens also threatened the officers and said she intended to notify the news media. “If I’m going down,” she is quoted as saying, “all of y’all are going down.”
The incident occurred at the couple’s Lakeview home, in the 7000 block of General Haig Street.
Neither Paul Sens nor Ann Sens returned messages seeking comment Monday. Court records show Paul Sens waived a stay-away order in the domestic case.
Court documents did not identify an attorney representing Ann Sens, a real estate broker who also works as a contractor for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s hiring of Ann Sens has drawn scrutiny, in part because Gusman’s wife also was hired by Sens to be a consultant at Municipal Court.
New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux in 2012 issued a report saying the arrangement, while legal, “created an appearance of impropriety, diminished confidence in the integrity of the criminal justice system and government in general.”
Paul Sens told the inspector general that “he and the sheriff hired each other’s spouses independently and that there were no prior agreements,” the report said.