Friday, January 31, 2014

UPDATE: Congressional Source: Possible criminal charge discussed over Rep. Grimm confrontation with reporter

Thus far The Last Tradition and Fox are the only two publications that are looking into criminal charges against Rep. Michael Grimm.  As I pointed out yesterday under D.C’s criminal code:

“Assault” is defined generally as the threat or use of force on another person that causes that person to have reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact.  Assault can be a civil wrong (or “tort”). 
I’d say threatening to throw somebody of a balcony and rip them into two like a little boy constitutes enough evidence as shown in the video that Congressman Grimm at most threatened the NY1 reporter’s life or at least is guilty of committing the crime of assault under the criminal code of Washington D.C.

Low and behold it’s being discussed.  

Fox News reports law enforcement officials are discussing a possible criminal charge against Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., after his infamous confrontation with a reporter Tuesday night, Fox News has learned. 

Grimm was caught on camera threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony and break him "in half" -- after the reporter asked him about a campaign finance investigation. Grimm has since apologized to NY1's Michael Scotto, and Scotto tweeted Wednesday that he "accepted his apology." 

But a congressional source told Fox News that it doesn't necessarily matter whether Scotto wants to press charges. 

It is unclear what officials will decide. But the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of the Columbia is conferring on the matter with law enforcement, a discussion fueled in part by the fact this occurred on federal property. The D.C. statute in question pertains to "threatening to do bodily harm." 

A source familiar with the issue said Grimm's stature as a lawmaker does not exempt him. 
The U.S. Attorney's Office would not confirm the conversations and had no comment as of Thursday morning. 

More here

I think the video evidence makes this an open and shut case.  Grimm threatened the reporter’s life.  He wasn’t joking, he was deadly serious.  Apologizing doesn’t change that Grimm committed a crime.  

UPDATE 2-1-14  Grimm gets away with crime  See here

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