An Actual Case of a Threat Being Investigated.
A man who threatened Rep. Eric Cantor is getting charged. Here’s the press release:
U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-4476
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 29, 2010
PHILADELPHIA – Today, a two-count complaint and warrant was filed charging Norman Leboon with threatening to kill United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family, and threatening to kill Congressman Eric Cantor, who is an official of the United States, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk. As set forth in the affidavit to the complaint and warrant, in or about late March, 2010, Leboon created and then transmitted a YouTube video to Google over the internet, in which he threatened to kill Congressman Cantor and his family. No harm came to the Congressman or his family as a result of Leboon’s threats.
“The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others,” said Levy. “Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes.”
INFORMATION REGARDING THE DEFENDANT
NAME ADDRESS AGE
Norman Leboon Philadelphia, PA 33 years old
If convicted of all the charges, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, a fine up to $500,000, and a $200 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert K. Reed.
It’s good that this is getting the attention it deserves. It’s bad that in order to counter the political use of death threats by the Dems this is getting the attention it deserves.
To both sides: make your arguments on the merits not with threats of violence.