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Federal Grand Jury Investigates Possible Twitter Threats Against Bachmann

The judge in the case says the tweets are “extremely crude and in almost incomprehensible poor taste.”

A federal grand jury is investigating a man who used Twitter to allegedly threaten Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann while she was on the presidential campaign trail.

The Twitter user allegedly “professed desire to engage in sadomasochistic activities with” Bachmann, according to a 13-page ruling U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth released Thursday.

The judge in the case says the tweets are “extremely crude and in almost incomprehensible poor taste.”

According to a post on Bring Me the News, the judge said the person responsible would likely not face charges because the messages would not constitute a “true threat” to the congresswoman.

Lamberth disclosed the investigation in a 13-page ruling that denied the user’s request to quash a grand jury subpoena seeking his identity from Twitter, according to this story in the Washington Post. After learning about the vulgar tweet involving Bachmann, a grand jury subpoenaed Twitter for the man’s identity.

Twitter then alerted the user to the subpoena, and the user—only identified in the judge’s ruling as Mr. X—then filed a motion to quash it, the Star Tribune reports.

The judge’s ruling states there is a compelling interest for the government to investigate the threats against Bachmann, but needs the Twitter user’s identity to assess the legitimacy.

View the PDFs attached to this post to read what the judge wrote.

Eric Berg February 24, 2012 at 08:28 PM
No matter what you think of Rep. Bachmann, things like this need to be investigated to ensure the safety of those that are chosen to represent us. It's not a right or left thing to me. I've worked with a lot of politicians....some of whom engendered very minimal positive feelings from me...but no matter how much I disagreed with them, I disagree far more strenouosly with things like this, glitter bombing, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords. Our representatives have the same right to safety as you or I.
Dave Anderson February 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Eric agree 100% and this applicable whether its Bachman or our new likely Congress woman. I could not believe some of the discussion here about how glitter bombing was acceptable because it was a “statement” in their eyes.
Paul February 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I agree. This is type of behavior is despicable. Period.

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