Gay marriage activist Ronnie D. McMillian charged with repeated threats to Bachmann and Jindal’s offices – not a Tea Party kinda guy
Read this two-page story on Ronnie D. McMillian, 27, of New Jersey to see the type of hand-holding he’s getting. Mom even showed up in court -oh and he showed up in flip flops. I wonder how the media would handle this were he one of those evil Tea Party types. He had even been warned previously but still kept up the calls. Funny how that never made much news.
A Hawthorne man who actively supports gay marriage was ordered detained Thursday pending a psychological evaluation following his arrest on charges of threatening the governor of Louisiana and a member of a congresswoman’s staff.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor ordered the detention and evaluation of Ronnie D. McMillian, 27, who was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday.
McMillian was charged with two counts of using the telephone to threaten injury to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and a constituent affairs employee on the staff of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
An investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police allegedly found that McMillian would call the offices of members of Congress and other public officials and scream at the person who answered the call or the voice mail system, using vulgar, harassing, and sometimes threatening language to attack the official’s positions on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, authorities said.
“In many of these calls, McMillian threatens that he or others will harm the targeted public official or staff member who answered his call,” U.S. Capitol Police special agent John Delegan said in court papers.
While acknowledging that the allegations were serious, David A. Holman, a federal public defender appointed to represent McMillian, said his client has never been in trouble before.
He suggested to the judge that McMillian’s rants could be seen as “puffery” and asked that he be released to home confinement with electronic monitoring.
Holman added that McMillian’s mother, who was in court, could serve as a “third-party custodian” to insure that her son complied with all conditions of bail.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas P. Grippo urged the court to order a mental health evaluation and detention. He noted that McMillian has anger-management issues and had made multiple threats against high-profile members of Congress whom he believed were adverse to the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered people.
The Capitol Police contacted McMillian in July and warned him that he could be arrested and prosecuted if he continued to make threatening calls, Grippo said. “They were very clear with him and it didn’t stop,” he said.
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McMillan, who was wearing red basketball shorts, a blue T-shirt and flip-flops, was led away in shackles as his visibly distraught mother waved to him.
Outside the courtroom, she said her son was an activist who supported the right of gays to marry. She expressed concern for his safety and said, “He’s not a violent person.”