- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 8, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in phone calls cried during his first court appearance Thursday morning.

Forty-eight-year-old Gregory Lee Giusti, wearing a T-shirt and khakis and appearing disheveled, appeared before a federal magistrate, who read the charges of making obscene, threatening or harassing phone calls to a member of Congress.

Mr. Giusti is accused of making the calls because of anger over health care reform.

The magistrate ordered the U.S. Attorney’s Office to interview Mr. Giusti to see whether he is mentally competent enough to be released to a halfway house or if he should continue to be detained.

If convicted, Mr. Giusti could receive a two-year prison sentence, $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release.

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