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Alleged Hillary Clinton shoe thrower arraigned

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:26 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2014

LAS VEGAS >> A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas remains in federal custody after pleading not guilty to two criminal charges.

Alison Ernst, 36, entered the pleas to misdemeanor counts of trespassing and violence against a person during her arraignment late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach then granted the government's request to keep Ernst in federal custody, saying she was a flight risk and danger to the community. She is being held at a jail operated by a federal contractor in Pahrump, 63 miles west of Las Vegas.

Ferenbach raised concerns about Ernst's residency status and mental health condition, Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Nevada, told The Associated Press.

The judge appointed a federal public defender to represent her and set a June 25 trial date before U.S. Magistrate Peggy Leen.

Ernst's public defender, William Carrico, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.

Ferenbach also directed the U.S. Probation Office to prepare a report detailing Ernst's criminal history, if any.

Federal authorities have not disclosed a motive in the case yet.

According to the criminal complaint, Clinton was speaking at an April 10 conference at the Mandalay Bay resort when Ernst walked up to the stage area and threw a soccer shoe at Clinton. The shoe passed near Clinton's head, causing her to flinch and duck, but it did not strike her. Clinton cracked a couple of jokes before resuming her talk.

Ernst wasn't a credentialed conference attendee and should not have been in the ballroom, authorities said. She somehow got past people checking tickets at the entrance, they said, and she was arrested immediately after the shoe was tossed.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, first lady and Democratic senator from New York, has been traveling the country giving paid speeches to industry organizations and Democratic Party groups. She has said she's seriously considering a presidential bid.

If Ernst is convicted of both federal charges, she could face up to two years in federal prison and the possibility that federal authorities would be able to monitor her movements under terms of supervised release.

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Bdpapa wrote:
on April 26,2014 | 08:40AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
At this point what does it matter?
on April 27,2014 | 12:34AM
serious wrote:
I don't understand the Federal charge. She was a paid speaker in a public/private occupation. She also had Secret Service protection (for life) as a former first lady---where were they??? They get taxpayer money to protect her. They are supposed to take a bullet for her--but not a shoe???
on April 26,2014 | 09:05AM
cojef wrote:
Did not know that a former 1st Lady is entitled a secret service protection for life, although knew a former President is.
on April 26,2014 | 01:07PM
serious wrote:
It's a real taxpayer ripoff. When either goes for their $250,000 speech they have to go first class so the SS agents can observe them--Google it!! THEY don't care--just wait until HE goes on his speaking tours--and HE loves them every day!!!
on April 26,2014 | 04:07PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
You have to get these fringe cons and prosecute them. Uncivilized moronics.
on April 26,2014 | 09:28AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Everybody sees you throw a shoe, it is caught on camera, you get apprehended on the spot and you plead "not guilty"? She must have called Saul.
on April 26,2014 | 09:44AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Obviously she's a nut job...........
on April 26,2014 | 09:58AM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Right. And if a stranger on the street threw a shoe at me they would be locked up at the airport federal detention center without bail. B.S. Clinton is not even in any government position right now. It's as if she threw a shoe at our country's Queen or something.
on April 26,2014 | 01:37PM
st1d wrote:
not a clinton fan. but, the stage she was speaking from was front lit, blinding clinton's view of the darkened audience area. because she didn't see the shoe being thrown she reacted long after it flew her. it was dangerous.
on April 26,2014 | 01:47PM
bumba wrote:
Throw her in jail.
on April 26,2014 | 05:31PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Was it a right shoe or a left shoe?
on April 26,2014 | 11:52PM
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