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TN Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Congressman (he’d been drinking)

From the News Sentinel:
A Lenoir City man has struck a deal to plead guilty to telephoning threats to a Virginia congressman’s family.
According to court documents, Glendon Swift, 62, has admitted that he left two anonymous telephone messages at the office of U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va) in October, and said he was drunk when he did so. Swift was ordered detained Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley pending a Dec. 20 hearing at which he is expected to plead guilty to one count of threatening a federal official’s family.
The plea deal calls for a 13-month prison term. But U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan must approve it at an April 4 sentencing.
When FBI agents from the Richmond, Va., field office first questioned Swift about the calls, he readily admitted he had made them, court documents state.
Swift “immediately responded that he was aware of why the agents were there and stated that he ‘got drunk the other night and started cussing people out,’ ” a court document states.
Swift, after consulting with an attorney, has signed a plea agreement. He has also agreed to have the case handled in Knoxville instead of Virginia.
The calls were made on Swift’s cellphone. They were “laden with the screaming and ranting of profanities,” and made derogatory references to the fact that Cantor is Jewish.
In one of the calls, Swift says: “How about if I rape your daughter? How about that, if I come into your house and kill your wife.”
Available court documents do not indicate Swift’s motive in making the call.

Board of Regents Member Resigns in Face of Threatened Ouster

From Richard Locker of the Commercial Appeal (slightly edited and rewritten):
The chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee refused to comment Wednesday on reports that she had demanded the resignation of one Regents board member in exchange for dropping an effort to have three board members removed from office.
Regent Agenia Clark, the president of the Nashville area Girl Scouts and the only black woman on the Board of Regents, resigned on Wednesday, less than a year into her second six year term on the board.
Hours later, Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, shelved the bill she filed last month to remove Clark and two other longtime regents – retired Jackson businessman Jonas Kisber and Nashville lawyer Robert P. Thomas.

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