Now we can all breathe easier. “Man who threatened to castrate Bush freed from prison,” from AP, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) “” A mental patient who threatened to castrate President Bush was sentenced to federal prison, but a judge ordered him freed because of time he’s already served.
Arafat Nijmeh, 27, formerly of Belleville, was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of threatening the president.
He was released after U.S. District Judge David Herndon credited him with the eight months he spent in custody after being charged. Nijmeh had been jailed without bail after being declared a flight risk and threat to society….
Nijmeh was accused of threatening to harm Bush in comments March 18 to workers at the Alton Mental Health Center and to two Secret Service agents the following day.
The indictment alleged Nijmeh told the agents that his earlier threat to castrate Bush was “not too harsh, considering what he has done to my country.”
Nijmeh is a Palestinian born in Israel but O’Gara said he is a U.S. citizen….
Brooks said Nijmeh also told a supervisory nurse at the center he was going to “make her life a living hell” and threatened to kill Jews.
Note for the irony-impaired: Yes, my headline and remark above are sarcastic.