Tea Party Must Tone Down Violent Rhetoric (Also, Lefty Charged for Threatening to Kill Wisconsin GOPers)
**Written by Doug Powers
Will the hard left sentence her to three months at HW & Bubba’s Institute for Civil Discourse for extensive “new civility” re-education, or have a parade in her honor? That was just a rhetorical question, by the way.
From the Journal-Sentinel:
Madison — A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts accusing her of making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.
Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Windels sent an email threat to state Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) on March 9, the day the Senate passed a measure to sharply curtail collective bargaining for public workers. Later that evening, she sent another email to 15 Republican legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the complaint says.
The subject of the second email was: “Atten.: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!” In that email, she purportedly wrote, “Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.”
“I hope you have a good time in hell,” she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email that listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by “putting a nice little bullet in your head.”
According to the complaint, Windels told investigators, “I sent out emails that I was disgusted and very upset by what they were doing.” Asked if she intended to follow through, Windels said, “No,” according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, investigators read Windels excerpts from the e-mails, and she replied, “I know I said that, but I don’t know why I said that.”
Windels allegedly told police that she did not intend to follow through on any of her statements.
She is a 2010 graduate of Madison Area Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Which leads Ed Morrissey to this:
More importantly, the parents of children at the school might want to know that someone unstable (and stupid) enough to send terrorist death threats to politicians from her home computer is being entrusted with the students.
Here’s a big surprise — it looks like the Democrat D.A. has been dragging his heels like Fred Flintstone trying to stop his car on Filbert Street when it comes to pursuing the matter. I’m only guessing that if this had been a Tea Party member she’d have been in custody by last weekend, but not in this case:
Windels is not in custody. The D.A.’s office says she won’t be arrested.
Arrested? At worst she might be whisked away for a few weeks in the Fleebagger wing of the Heritage Inn & Suites in Illinois. If she’s found guilty her punishment will be no MSNBC for 24 hours.
Big Government posted a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Justice concerning the amount of time the situation has been gathering dust on the D.A.’s desk. Here’s part of it (“DCI” is the Department of Criminal Investigation):
Investigators concluded it did not present an imminent threat but presented sufficient probable cause that criminal behavior had occurred and on Friday, March 18, 2011 this matter was referred to the Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne who has sole jurisdiction and charging authority for a charging decision.
On Monday, March 23, 2011 the Department of Justice learned through press reports that the Dane County District Attorney had returned the referral to the Department citing clerical and administrative issues related to the reports transfer. Importantly the investigative reports themselves were not returned. It is important to note that this Department routinely refers investigative reports to District Attorneys, including the Dane County District Attorney, for their review and charging decisions.
This is where this matter currently sits.
We are concerned about the lack of action regarding this referral.
Concerned, maybe, but there’s no way they’re surprised.
As BG points out, yes, this is the same District Attorney who’s busy battling Republicans to stall implementation of Wisconsin’s new government union collective bargaining law, so he’s obviously a little too preoccupied to pursue somebody who sent a few little death threats.
**Written by Doug Powers
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