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  Stupak threats lead to conspiracy charges against father and son
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Jun 07, 2010 06:24pm
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AuthorJordan Fabian
News DateTuesday, June 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionTwo men face federal charges for threatening Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) during the healthcare reform debate.

Two men face federal charges for threatening Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) after he voted for healthcare reform.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday charged Russell Hesch, 73, and his son David Hesch, 50, with conspiring to threaten, assault, kidnap or murder a U.S. official.

Both men have been arrested and will appear in federal court in Bay City, Mich., and Denver, respectively, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Stupak led a coalition of Democrats opposing abortion rights during the debate, but after a deal with the White House, he backed the final bill.

Stupak, who is not running for reelection, thanked law enforcement in a statement and said he would not comment further on the investigation.

According to the complaint filed by federal officials, Russell Hesch sent a letter to his son David in Denver, which the son subsequently mailed to Stupak's district office last month. The letter threatened to injure the congressman and his family for voting in favor of the legislation in March. According to the complaint, Russell Hesch instructed his son to send the letter from Denver so that it could not be traced back to either of them.
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