Man Charged With Threatening Congressional Whip

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia man charged with threatening the No. 2 Republican in the House was being held without bail Monday pending a psychiatric evaluation.

Norman Leboon, 38, is accused of trying to post a YouTube video in which he threatened to kill Republican Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia. Leboon is wanted by city authorities in another threat case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Reed said.

The threat against Cantor does not appear to be connected to the health care reform bill, though it's not clear whether Leboon was upset with the House Republican whip about other issues, Reed said. Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in Congress, and Passover begins Monday at sundown.

Reed told a judge that Leboon appears to have major psychiatric issues.

Leboon calls himself the "son of the god of Enoch" in the video and calls Cantor "pure evil," according to court documents.

Leboon's public defender declined comment.

Cantor said through a spokesman that authorities had notified him of a threat over the weekend and had been keeping him posted on Leboon's arrest. He referred further questions to the FBI.

Last week, police in Richmond, Va., determined that a bullet that hit a window of Cantor's office there had been randomly fired skyward.

At a news conference Thursday, Cantor said he has received threats since he's assumed elected office not only because of his leadership position but because of his faith.

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  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Mar 29, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    threaten someone like me ( and presumably most of you reading this) no charge, threaten a rich powerful person--- lock up and psych eval. I personally know of a " town drunk " type who was always causing trouble locally but the police ( well around here we dont really have local police but SOMETIMES you can get a deputy out ) couldnt do anything with the guy. Then the town drunk made a vague threat against then President Clinton. Wouldnt you know TWO federal officers showed up in Seven Springs NC to investigate this guy and they put him in the hospital. Why do rich , connected folk deserve better police protection, health care, everything than just regular working stiffs like us? They dont but we let them get away with it
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 29, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    President Obama promised to be a uniter not a divider.
  • by Phil Aischio on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    What kind of person would threaten a Republican...what is the country coming to!
  • by Vance on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    This guy is a freak.He is mad because he opposed Obongacare.He is a democrat plain and simple.So much for violent Tea Party Members being arrested first.By the way he also thinks he is some kind of profit.Watch Isreals Zionist ask me(he admits being a muslim)Watch All leaders on Gods Earth and or The Nemesis of America;This Shia Muslim Norman LeBoon Sr.What do all of you people now think of the Tea Parties that have been protesting so long with Thousands of people without and arrest on this issue.One guy just ruined your theory of who(what Party) is more VIOLENT!
  • by Stick on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Oh but the dumb-o-crats are crying about being spit on and called names. Sounds like the tea party people are the ones in real jeopardy. Oh I forgot that to liberals getting called a name and getting your feelings hurt is way worse than an attempt on your life.

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