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. Pegasus

    That's good they have been arrested. How silly and ignorant of these people to pose threats against U.S. senators all because of a HCR bill passing which is good for most Americans. The lies-on-top-of-lies that are being fed to these people who, obviously, has no thinking skills for themselves is unbelievable. All they can hear are the Palins, Becks, Hannitys, and Limbaughs of the world. It seems nothing else matters to them except for what the dividers and haters say. How sad that they are sheep being led to the slaughter and they don't even know it. The blind is leading the blind and they will all eventually fall into that deep pit.

    April 8, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So he stated, the poor thing, that she had a target on her back. Sound familiar (see Failing Pailin)?

    My heart goes out to this "patriot". Not really. Put him UNDER the jail, let's see if the rest of his comrades get the message.

    April 8, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Jeff

    What a loser. You talk the talk, you better walk the walk. You don't think these actions made Nancy Pelosi and her family weep in a private moment? This clown deserves everything he has coming to him. And the best part is he lives in a federally subsidized apartment called Marlton Manor! Yet this is how he treats elected officials. I hope he enjoys his new taxpayer subsidized apartment, State Pen.

    April 8, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. so what?

    Send the wing nut to jail!

    April 8, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Tori in Texas

    Gregory Guisti,48 ...accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wept Thursday as he talked to his attorney before a federal court hearing.

    See how tough these idiots are when they aren't hiding behind an anonymous computer screen, a telephone, or holding a gun?

    I love seeing grown men act like morons, then get caught and start crying for their mommy.

    Behold, ladies and gentleman, the typical TeaBagger!

    April 8, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. EBC

    YEAH, it's funny how these wacko "tea partiers" talk a good game until the REALITY of their stupidity catches up with them. NO LIFE is worth threatening, NO LIFE is worth dying over any political issue.

    Have folks LOST their freaking minds!!! The MAN is now faced with the REAL REALITY of his own making. It's really SAD that folks who claim to be "angry" at the government or the Obama Administration have NOT even read the policies, they are being FED by folks like Palin, Bachman, McCain, Rubio, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck!!!

    April 8, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. so what?

    We need to establish law and order in this country! Too many wing nuts running around with their leaders instigating violence! The tea baggers should be disbanded for promoting such behavior!

    April 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    Good, now send him to jail for as a long as the law allows. Enough is enough, spitting, name calling and these threats are just plain stupid; all of this behind healthcare reform that will allow 34 million more Americans accesss to healthcare, we have truly lost our way.

    April 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Lame

    Goes to show how stupid these people are... threatening a federal official. What morons. I guess they are quickly learning that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin don't have their backs when the feds get involved.

    April 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Crying because he got caught?


    April 8, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Fitz In Texas

    I "weep" everyday knowing Nancy Pelosi is the House Speaker.

    April 8, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    Another blow against the Fox Network, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reily and Sean Hannitys triad of fanning the flames of hatred across America. Thankfully this latest wing-nut was captured and brought to justice before he was able to carry out his engrained acts of violence against US Congress House speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    April 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Brook

    The guy needs to be put in an institution where someone will make sure he gets his meds...

    April 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. eddies

    Shouldn't Pelosi be arrested for threatening all of us? How many Demoncrats did she threaten in the house if they didn't vote for the Bill?
    How many people are going to die because of the Health Care Bill? I call that a life and death threat...

    So now to garner the Sympathy Vote, this poor man is going to be sacrficed to the Media Gods while nancy basks in the glory of it all!

    Shame upon the San Franfreakshow voters for putting this woemen into office...But hey, 380,000 freeloaders can't be wrong, can they?

    April 8, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Jim In Miami

    Just think how he'll cry when he gets to prison.....

    April 8, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. one voice

    These right-wingers have some serious mental health issues, I'm happy to know that these issues can be solved thanks to the HCR bill.

    April 8, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Mark

    Wow! Weeping in court after threatening someone's life. Now we can get some insight into the kind of cowards that would threaten a woman.

    April 8, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. ATL Guy

    Fox News need to tell its followers that "threatening a federal official is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine".

    April 8, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Angi's mom

    Boo hoo. Wilson should call FOX to tell them how much trouble they got him into.

    April 8, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. JS007

    This poor man was actually really scared of losing his health care – thanks a lot Fox News and GOP! It is monstrous to propagate such disgusting lies like Death Panels just to score political points. See what happens? Uninformed or mentally imbalanced people go crazy with fear and someone could get hurt. I cannot believe how irresponsible some politicians have become.

    April 8, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Branden

    He's a real tough guy as long as he's uttering threats at people. But when he has to face the music he cries like a baby. Real tough.

    April 8, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Dave

    Awww... Mr. Badass got caught running his mouth and now he's going to be a crybaby. Typical Republican – lots of tough-guy talk and threats to try to cover up for a core of complete wimpiness.

    April 8, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Marcus

    Before anyone tries to dismiss what these two guys did as 'part of any democracy', 'free expression of their opinion' or such.
    It's not about the 1st Ammendment, it's about being against the law!
    There are limits for the constitutionally protected right of speech/expression, one is that you can treat people with your words or actions. You can be against what someone said or did, your constitutional right, but he/she also has the consitutional right to have his/her opinion and thus if you treaten he/she due to his/her opinions or acts you are against the law dude.
    And you have to pay for it.
    If what Pelosi and Murray have done is SO WRONG to the majority of their voters, then come November they'll be voted out of office. Not because they were treatened to be out, but because they failed to listen to what their voters wanted to say to them.

    April 8, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Dano

    It's easy to talk big when you're miles away and threatening to kill someone, but I guess it's a different story when you're caught and have to pay the consequences for your actions, huh Charles?

    April 8, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    It's sad that Americans are getting caught up in this threat thing. It is being pushed by the likes of hard right wingers like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter Bachman and others. While they claim they are not advocating violence, they are well aware of the fact that many who listen to them are easy to convince that strong and often times violent actions are needed. They advocate this violence while claiming they are not and knowing all the while that some poor soul will take them to heart and go out and do this for them. These people know what they are doing when they stir up all this hate and violence and they refuse to speak out against it because it is what they want to see happen in their own feeble efforts to wrestle power from the Majority Party.

    What is so fortunate for them is that it is because we are a nation of laws that the Right and other Liberals do not use the same practices when the Left is in power. It is wrong and it WILL be the down fall of our nation.

    My one happiness is that I am an older American nearing the end of my life and the chances are that I will not live long enough to see my country fall into a lawless state such as we see in other places around the world. When that happens our government will collapse and some fool will set off a rocket with a nuke on it and that will for all basic purposes be the end of the civilized existence of man as we know it. We will be fighting Russia, China, North Korea, Muslims, Drug dealers and every other fool that wants a piece of this rock.

    I am ashamed of the way Americans are acting today. For the purpose of clarification, I am a Democrat but often times disagree with positions taken by my own party and often times disagree with positions taken by the Republican Party but at no time have I ever entertained the thought of doing harm to another simply because I disagree with their position. The vote is my weapon of choice and I will continue to use that and the pen as my weapons of choice.

    April 8, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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