Ellen was speaking on the phone with her husband, a family court judge, when the incident happened.
(Only minutes away. 12, to be exact.)
The judge told his secretary to call 9-1-1 and he and his bailiff, Tony Piwinski, jumped in a car and drove toward the house.
The courthouse is just a few miles from his home, but they got stuck in traffic.
Once Judge Basinski finally made it home he said he was "grateful things ended as well as they did" but he had a long talk with his wife.
"She did all the things I told her never to do in that kind of situation," he said. "We've been married 47 years and she raised our five sons. She's not afraid of anything."(Don't fight back; give them what they want; don't resist, you'll only make them angry.)
Your honor, you're a lucky man. You married a fighter, not a victim, and you'd do well to remember that. Encouraging victimhood is no kind of love.