April 8th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Suspect in Pelosi threats case weeps at court hearing

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/08/art.pelosi.gi.jpg caption="A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wept Thursday as he talked to his attorney before a federal court hearing."]San Francisco, California (CNN) - A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wept Thursday as he talked to his attorney before a federal court hearing.

Gregory L. Giusti, 48, was arrested Wednesday in San Francisco, California, where Pelosi's home district is located, according to FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler.

No further details were immediately available about the case. The FBI said more would be revealed at the court hearing.

Pelosi is the top Democrat in the U.S. House and was a leading figure in efforts to win congressional approval of sweeping health care legislation.

A statement from Pelosi's office said the arrest occurred "after an investigation into threats against" the speaker. It thanked law enforcement officials and said Pelosi would have no further comment at this time.

Threats against U.S. senators and representatives increased as Congress completed work last month on the health care bill, which was unanimously opposed by Republicans. In addition, conservative activists around the country protested the bill. Most of the reported threats were against Democrats, though there were some against Republicans.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced the arrest of a 64-year-old Washington state resident for allegedly issuing death threats against Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, who supported the health care bill.

A department statement said the suspect, identified as Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Washington, made the threats in phone messages to Murray's office between March 22 and April 4.

Wilson allegedly stated that Murray "had a target on her back" and that he wanted to kill her, according to the statement, which said the threats were in response to congressional passage of the new health care bill.

Threatening a federal official is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the statement said.

- CNN's Dan Simon contributed to this report.

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Awwwww, the bully shows his sissy side. Will you promise to tell us about how hard he cries the first time he drops his soap, CNN?

    I sure hope the GOP and Teatards are proud of themselves for helping their constituents experience the joys of forced manlove. I find it hilarious. Reap, sow, giggle.

    April 8, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Chris

    Awe now he wants to regret what he did well, he should have thought about that before he started making threats to the Speaker of the House(The third in line for the Presidency). SEND HIM TO JAIL!!

    April 8, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. rosslaw

    Guisti weeps before a federal court hearing on his threats to murder a Democratic politician so insensitive as to vote against the health insurance industry. Let's see, I think I can guess what his gun barrel was a substitute for.

    April 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa.

    Sounds like a guy who hit his breaking point on not having control of his own life.

    April 8, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Flex

    These individuals should be confined to living within republican, bible thumping black hole states that we fly over. Let them wallow in their own mess, and keep it there. Republican states are good for nothing! We don't need them, or their bible thumping bigots!

    April 8, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Richard

    Wept, did he? I weep for my country when I see hate and death threats . I hope they throw the book at this guy. To threaten someone's life and somehow think that that's acceptable behavior.

    April 8, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. DodgerBlue - Democrat

    At some point these hate-filled right wingers and independents will realize that they can't win this fight with threats and violence. At the end of the day if they go too far with this Tea Party and armed rally nonsense they're going to end up looking down the business end of an American M-16 wielded with proficiency and deadly accuracy by one of our fine Soldiers or Marines. They should resort to the power of the ballot if they're smart and really serious about changing what they feel is wrong with our government. That's the American way.

    April 8, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Michael

    Those who are guilty of this kind of stuff aren't Democrat, Republican, conservative or progressive........they're just plain criminals. That being said, this guy deserves his day in court and all the protections and presumption of innocence our judicial system mandates. But if he's found guilty, he deserves to be punished in accordance with our laws.

    April 8, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. sherry

    He talked like he was real big on the phone and now he s scared and has his tail between his legs.....typical rightwinger if you ask me

    April 8, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Sean

    Shocking...I notice these guys have a lot of telephone courage but when facing the music they act like an art teacher at the draft board.

    April 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Of course, all the threats against the Democrats after they passed the Healthcare Bill, were figments of our imagination!

    And still the AM Hate Radio talking-heads continue ....... and Faux News, continues with the misinformation, inciting violence, shouting "take up arms" ........ and the Gun Supporters are marching on D.C. on the anniversary of one of the most hideous Domestic Terrorism acts, the McVeigh bombing in Oklahoma City! Coincidence? No.

    April 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Jay T.

    No! You're telling me this guy is a wack job! I don't buy it! Must be a liberal conspiracy.

    April 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. JSH

    How easily Americans seem to loose it. This nation is still 100 times better off than most of the world and yet when a bit of a rough time comes, we see that the lynch mob is standing by ready to march on their targets. All these people loosing it over the healthcare bill are just more proof that many Americans are soft, spoiled and entitled.

    April 8, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. perry

    this is what these tea party jerks do, turn into crying babies when they realize the cost of threatening hate and screaming diatribes.
    typical of dopey high school bullies, after they get caught, cry for mommy.
    heh heh .....................

    April 8, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. amy

    that's the living proof that the republicans are just a bunch of criyng babies.

    sooooooooo funny!!!!!


    April 8, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Equality for all

    Voice your opposition at the ballot box if you are unhappy with a politician. That is the American way! Threatening any elected official with harm is illegal and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to deter others from doing the same. Grow up, America. Not all leaders will follow your ideals to the letter. That is why we have many representatives, to represent the diversity that is America. I was ashamed and appalled at what the Bush/Cheney years did to our great nation, but I never once wished harm on them. I simply would never vote for anyone who holds their views.

    April 8, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. malily

    Arrest these WTs and send them to Gitmo with the other terrorist!

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. truth

    I have sympathy for this man. Pelosi acted like she is the Queen of this country. I can't wait to see she is removed from her position.

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Kiesha

    now THIS is funny!!!!

    big and bad on the phone and a wimp in person....

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. albert tesoro

    Remove Pelosi..an abortion supporter.

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Poor guy probably thinks he's going to be taken down into the depth of the earth and given to the Reptoids or something. All locked up in solitary, screaming 'don't eat my brain' and stuff.

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. william fitzwater

    It is not wise to threaten an elected official? You can have differences of opion but when it gets into personal attacks or threats of violence this is wrong and should not be tolerated. some of these people fail to realize we live in a very different climate after 911. some freedoms are less protected now . one freedom is the anonymity of this type of control. this is type of control our adversaries are using against this country and our allies.

    April 8, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. key

    Its really sad that people with so much influence over other will spew so much hate. I wonder if anyone of the people that speak this hate will take any responsibility. Probably not.

    April 8, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let them weep in prison, they are cowards crying only because they got caught. No person has a right to threaten another's life and expect to be protected under freedom of speech. Read the Constitution before spouting out hate and threats, 10 can get you life.

    April 8, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Independent

    Maybe the people such as Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, tea baggers and others that fueled the hate will come to his aid. I DON'T THINK SO. Palin and others started this ugly hate during the 2008 Presidential Election. What cowards these hateful people are, threatening our women that are grandmothers. Thank you FBI for protecting us and those elected to serve us. We need government in our lives to protect us.

    April 8, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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