FBI arrests New Castle man accused of threatening public official

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 9, 2014)– A New Castle man has been arrested following allegations that he threatened a public official.

U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett  issued the following statement Friday:

Today, federal charges were filed against a New Castle, IN., man for allegedly making email and telephone threats to an elected official.  FBI agents arrested Brandon J. Thompson, 32, at his home last night.  Thompson had his initial appearance in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge this morning at 10:30 a.m.

Free speech is the cornerstone of our democracy but threats of violence have no place in our civil society.  People who are inclined to make them need to know that they violate the law and they will be aggressively pursued.

According to court documents, the man was threatening U.S. House Speaker John Boehner because Congress has not extended unemployment insurance.

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