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A father and son have been arrested and charged with conspiring to threaten a U.S. official after they allegedly sent a letter to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) threatening to kill him over his vote for the health care bill.

In the most explicit threat from the letter, the author threatens to “paint the Mackinaw Bridge with the blood of you and your family members... Maybe you will be the main character of a story that parents tell their children as they cross the bridge decades from know [sic]. The red paint of Bart Stupak!”

Investigators say that Russell Hesch, who Stupak’s office said has been one of the congressman’s most vocal critics over the years, typed the threatening letter to Stupak. Hesch, who lives in Michigan, then allegedly emailed it to his son, David, in Denver. According to the criminal complaint, Hesch admitted to writing the letter and told investigators he sent the letter to his son so it couldn't be traced back to him.

From the complaint: "Russell Hesch told agents of the FBI that his biggest mistakes were writing the letter, emailing it to his son David in Colorado, and asking David to mail the letter." [TPM]
These do indeed, in retrospect, appear to be his main mistakes here.

This doesn’t really belong in the “rubbish defence” category since the guy doesn’t seem to be offering much of a defence, but it’s really not worth setting up a whole other category of “rubbish at criminality generally”.


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