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New Orleans Man Arrested for Sending Threatening Emails to FBI Agent That Referenced Agent’s Son


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We all get annoying emails – but these were apparently way over the top.

Authorities earlier this week arrested a New Orleans man for sending threatening emails to an FBI agent that referenced the agent’s son, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The paper reported that David Christenson Jr. , 53, was accused of sending the emails to FBI agent Steve Rayes on two occasions within a week

The emails came after Christenson ran into Rayes and his son in the Warehouse District in New Orleans on March 4, the paper reported, citing a police report. Rayes had interviewed the suspect in February over some inappropriate emails to judges and their employees, the paper reported.

The Times-Picayune reported that Christenson walked up to Rayes during the encounter in the Warehouse District “with a ‘wild, glazed look”on his face and tried to ask Rayes about his son, according to the police report. Rayes excused himself and kept walking with his son, the report said.”

The next day, Christenson allegedly sent  Rayes an email, according to l that said: “You have no idea how strange it was to run into you and your son last night … Your son is now connected to this bizarre story. Being connected to me is not usually a good thing. I am sorry. You and your son will be in my prayers.”

On March 11,  he sent another letter that allegedly said:  “You got your son involved. Why? … A lot of people who are connected (to) me are dying … YOU SHOULD ALL BE VERY CAREFUL.”

FBI Arrests 64-Year-Old Man in Wash. State For Threatening Senator Over Health Care

Sen. Patty Murray/official photo

Sen. Patty Murray/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 64-year-old man on Tuesday morning at his home outside Yakima, Wash.,  for allegedly threatening Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in response to the health care vote, the FBI said.

Authorities charged in a criminal complaint that Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Wash.,   made a series of threatening calls to the senator’s office in Washington between March 22 and April 4 office, which  included the remarks that Murray “had a target on her back” and “I want to (expletive) kill you.”

“Free speech is the cornerstone of our democratic process, and we are a country of vigorous debate,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg in a statement. “However, threats of violence have no place in that debate. The threats here crossed the line, and violate the law.

Authorities said Wilson allegedly made the calls from a telephone with a blocked number, but subpoenaed phone records show the calls came from his home.

FBI Looking Into Death Threats Against ESPN’s Erin Andrews

Erin Andrews/ espn photo

Erin Andrews/ espn photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking into death threats against ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who had previously been the target of a man who had videotaped her naked through hotel peep holes, the LA Times reported.

Andrews’ attorney, Marshall Grossman said a media outlet had received emails that included death threats, the paper reported. The paper did not specify which media outlet received the threats, but Andrews has been a contestant this season on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Grossman said the emails  make mention of Michael David Barrett, the man who was recently sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stalking Andrews and videotaping her naked and posting the videos on the Internet.

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FBI & Capitol Police Probe Threats Against at Least 10 Dem Lawmakers Tied to Health Care Vote

Rep. Bart Supak/govt photo

Rep. Bart Supak/govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police have had their hands full since the passage of the controversial health care bill.

The Detroit News Washington bureau reports that the agencies are looking into threats against at least 10 Democratic lawmakers. Included among the targets is Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi), the anti-abortion lawmaker.

The paper reports that “bricks have been hurled through Democrats’ windows, a propane line was cut at the home of a congressman’s brother, and threatening voice mails and faxes have been sent to some Democratic lawmakers.”

Stupak has gotten threatening phone calls and a drawing of a noose, via fax, with a noose on a platform and the words “Bart (SS) Stupak”, the paper reported.

One man left a message calling him a “baby killer” and said he hoped he died of cancer, the paper reported.

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U.S. Judiciary Faces Rise in Death Threats

So far, this hasn’t gotten out of hand like in some countries like Colombia where judges have to leave the country and go in hiding. But authorities need to be vigilante and aggressive when dealing with this.

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By Robert Anglen
The Arizona Republic

A prison informer gave up details of a planned hit in April: A drug dealer wanted a federal prosecutor dead. The prosecutor had put him away; now he was willing to pay someone to kill her.

The informer came forward on a Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday morning, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Mosher in Tucson was alerted to the threat on her life. The next day, Mosher was under the protective guard of a team of deputy U.S. marshals who would cover her every move for the next 10 days while another team investigated the threat.

Federal judges and prosecutors across the country, including in Arizona, are confronting a growing number of threats against their lives. The U.S. Marshals Service, which provides security for federal court personnel, reports that the number of threats nationwide against such officials, jurors and witnesses has more than doubled in the past six years, from 592 to nearly 1,300.

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Threats Against Nation’s Judges and Prosecutors Rise Sharply

U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's Husband and Mother Were Murdered
U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s Husband and Mother Were Murdered

This is a dangerous trend. We’ve seen in nations like Mexico and Colombia where threats to the justice system have undermine democracy,  justice and order. The problem isn’t nearly as bad in the U.S. , but it’s still a big problem.

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer

Threats against the nation’s judges and prosecutors have sharply increased, prompting hundreds to get 24-hour protection from armed U.S. marshals.

Many federal judges are altering their routes to work, installing security systems at home, shielding their addresses by paying bills at the courthouse or refraining from registering to vote. Some even pack weapons on the bench.

The problem has become so pronounced that a high-tech “threat management” center recently opened in Crystal City, where a staff of about 25 marshals and analysts monitor a 24-hour number for reporting threats, use sophisticated mapping software to track those being threatened and tap into a classified database linked to the FBI and CIA.

“I live with a constant heightened sense of awareness,” said John R. Adams, a federal judge in Ohio who began taking firearms classes after a federal judge’s family was slain in Chicago and takes a pistol to the courthouse on weekends. “If I’m going to carry a firearm, I’d better know how to use it.”

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