UPDATE: Wisconsin GOP Senators Receive Death Threat E-mails

UPDATED Friday, March 11, 2011 --- 4:40 p.m.

Sender of threats to Wis. officials identified

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice says it has identified one of the people who sent at least two death threats to elected officials over the past month.

The department says the female suspect was identified and located Thursday night. No other information about the person was released.

The department says the investigation is ongoing and no more information will be released pending notification of the district attorney in the appropriate jurisdiction.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and his brother Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald are among the lawmakers who say they received threats. They are both Republicans who voted for a bill passed this week taking away collective bargaining rights for public workers.

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UPDATED Friday, March 11, 2011 --- 3:05 p.m.

From the Attorney General's Office:


MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin Capitol Police have investigated numerous threats against elected officials over the last four weeks. Last evening, the DCI identified and located a subject suspected of sending at least two of those threats.

The suspect subsequently admitted to authoring and sending two e-mails threatening to kill the Governor and members of the Senate. DCI Administrator Ed Wall said “The Division of Criminal Investigation takes these kind of threats seriously and will follow through with the investigation and prosecution whenever possible.”

This investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released pending presentation to the District Attorney in the jurisdiction of the threat origination. The Department of Justice has notified members of the Governor’s Office and Senate in regard to the recent developments in this investigation.


Posted Thursday, March 10, 2011 ---11:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating an e-mail threatening the lives of some Republican state senators.

DOJ spokesman William Cosh says the Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating one e-mail and other threats from several sources, but he declined to be specific.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says two death threat e-mails that were sent to Fitzgerald's office Wednesday night have been forwarded to Capitol police. Andrew Wellhouse says the address of the e-mail sender was apparent but that police directed him not to disclose it.

The e-mail to Fitzgerald says he and his "Republican dictators" must die because of their actions "today and in the past couple of weeks," presumably referring to GOP senators passing a bill removing most public employees' collective bargaining rights.

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