A homeless man who was overheard saying in a dinner line at a shelter that he was going to “put two bullets into Hillary Clinton” was convicted, after a nonjury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, of violating a federal statute that prohibits making death threats against a family member of a former president.
In his 19-page opinion in United States v. Richards, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick rejected a defense argument that Maurice Richards never made a “true threat” because he was merely talking to himself.
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