The man, 74-year-old Ronald DeRisi of Smithtown, Long Island, phoned in his expletive-laden threats to the offices in the home states of the senators, according to a federal complaint lodged against him. The complaint did not identify the senators.
Seated at a desk phone among bird skulls and crystal balls at Catland Books, the occult shop she co-owns, Madara said the Kavanaugh hex is expected to be the most popular event the store has hosted since its 2013 opening, including spells aimed at President Donald Trump. Madara declined to provide details of what the latest ritual will entail.
DeRisi previously pleaded guilty to a state charge of aggravated harassement, which was related to his repeatedly phoning a victims home and office more than 15 times in 2015 to leave threatening messages.
The new complaint says that DeRisi, starting on Sept. 27, left more than 10 “threatening voice-messages” at the offices of the two senators regarding Kavanaughs then-pending nomination.
The planned casting of an anti-Kavanaugh spell, one of the more striking instances of politically disgruntled Americans turning to the supernatural when frustrated by democracy, has drawn backlash from some Christian groups but support from like-minded witch covens.
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The threats apparently were made to discourage the senators from supporting Kavanaugh “and/or as retaliation for having voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh” later, according to a statement by the United States Attorneys Office, which is prosecuting the case.
The complaint said DeRisi used a pre-paid cellphone to make the threatening calls from or around his home.
DeRisis lawyer, Peter Brill, told CNBC that his client was diagnosed after his 2015 arrest with “cerebral atrophy which has led to progressive dementia.”
Bracciale said the ritual is supposed to be cathartic for survivors of sexual assault. Kavanaugh will not be the only target of the hex. Its meant to exact revenge on all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them, said a Facebook page dedicated to the event.
“Hes not a violent person, although his disease has led to an increased lack of impulse control,” Brill said. “We know this story was scary to the people he called, but hes not a violent person and Im just going to continue to hope that he gets th help that he needs.”
The arrest comes two days after the husband of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said he received a threatening letter that referred to Collins support for Kanvanaugh, and which claimed to be tainted with the deadly toxin ricin.
The Rev. Gary Thomas is a Vatican-educated exorcist who is currently authorized by the Bishop of San Jose to perform exorcisms. In Catholicism, this complex set of rites and prayers is used only by specially trained priests to battle with perceived demonic forces.
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Tests showed there was no danger from the letter, but Collins husband, Thomas Daffron, and the couples Labrador retriever, Pepper, were quarantined before the test results. The person responsible for the letter to Daffron has not been apprehended.
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In one message cited in the complaint unsealed in New York, DeRisi on Sept. 27 left a voice message that said he had a “present” for the first senator, saying, “Its a nine millimeter. Side of your … skull.
“Yeah, Kavanaugh — I dont think so,” DeRisi said, according to the complaint. On the same day, the complaint said, DeRisi left another message for the same senator, saying “If f—– Kavanaugh gets in, hes dead f—— meat!”
In an Oct. 6 call to the second senator, which was the same day Kavanaugh was confirmed, DeRisi said, “You better pray this guy dont get in.”
Certainly that appears to be true amongst the critics of President Trump, his appointees, and his allies, few of whom seem willing to condemn these efforts to bring suffering upon their political opponents via what the exorcist referred to as the power of personified evil.
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DeRisi was identified through phone records, voice exemplars and the debit card he used to buy the pre-paid cell phone, according to authorities.
After his arrest, United States Capitol Police, who led the investigation, executed a search warrant and seized the cell phone used to leave the threatening messages, prosecutors said.
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“We and all those dedicated to the rule of law will not tolerate the use violence and threats of violence in attempts to prevail in political disputes,” said Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for New Yorks Eastern District.
I stood there for about 10 to 15 minutes staring at the ocean, wondering what to do. Not whether to get some, as he suggested (not sure what Id just witnessed, but rape wasnt a word I understood), but instead whether to check on her and make sure she was OK. As I stood there, a very disheveled and obviously inebriated young girl stumbled from beneath the boardwalk. Her dark hair was a mess and her jeans werent zipped up (I remember seeing her underwear). I recognized her but wasnt sure from where. As she stumbled past me she gave me this strange look. It wasnt fear or even anger. It was almost like resignation ― like she accepted this was what boys and men do. Like it wasnt the first time?
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DeRisi is due to appear before a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, N.Y., on Friday afternoon. In addition to his prior arrest for making threatening calls in 2015, DeRisi also was charged in 2011 with felony tampering after allegedly cutting about a dozen cables at a cell tower construciton site, causing damages estimated at $100,000.
Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote, almost exclusively along party lines, in the Senate on Oct. 6, and was sworn in as a justice hours later.
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His nomination by President Donald Trump had suffered a nearly fatal blow in September, when a woman named Christine Blasey Ford accused him of trying to rape her in the early 1980s at a small get-together of several fellow high school students. Two other women soon after came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct in high school and in college at Yale.
Before he was confirmed, and even before the sexual misconduct allegations emerged, Collins was seen as one of a handful of Republican senators who might vote against Kavanaugh.
But she later announced her intention to vote for him in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor. Collins said she believed Ford had been assaulted, but said she did not believe that Kavanaugh was the attacker.
Collins on Oct. 7 told the CBS News show “Face the Nation” that her vote for Kavanaugh was “a tough one.”
“I have to do what I think is right. Over the years, the people of Maine have trusted me to exercise my best judgment. Thats what I did in the case,” Collins said.
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According to USA Today, the event is a public hex. Witches, nonbelievers, and sexual assault survivors will gather at Catland Books Saturday evening. Event organizer Dakota Bracciale said the hex is to “make Kavanaugh suffer.”
Share ALAN FRAM Oct 19th 2018 11:22AM WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats holding starkly distinct opinions of his credibility, according to a poll released Friday.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that the public holds tepid views of how major players handled the extraordinary battle, which culminated Oct. 6 in an exhausted Senates near party line confirmation of Kavanaugh. President Donald Trump, Senate Republicans and Democrats and the FBI each earned approval from 32 percent or less of the polls respondents.
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