Sunday, August 10, 2008

Aspiring Bail Bondsman Jailed in Miami for Presidential Death Threats

Raymond Geisel was detained by Secret Service agents on Saturday after he allegedly made a death threat against Presidential candidate Barack Obama during a bail bondsman class in Miami, Florida. The alleged threat was, "If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself." Geisel also is rumored to have made a generalized threat against current President George W. Bush and stated that he would "put a bullet in his head."

A sworn affidavit filed with U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida states that Geisel has denied making the threats. During interrogation he purportedly joked that if he were to shoot Senator Barack Obama he would do so with a sniper rifle. The affidavit also contains a laundry list of items seized from Geisel's vehicle after his arrest, including armor-piercing bullets, nnumerous military fatigue uniforms, a machete, numerous hand-held radios, police-type emergency lights, a handgun, 9mm ammunition, a small knife, police-type raid vest, and .223 caliber ammunition.

Geisel won't be able to put any of the knowledge he gained from his bail bondsman class. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen T. Brown denied Geisel's request for bail and ordered that he remain jailed until his trial, finding Geisel a danger to the community and a risk to run away before his date in court. Geisel is next scheduled to appear for court on August 18 when he will enter a plea if he has been officially indicted.

Geisel's girlfriend on the otherhand is getting creative with possible theories for her love's defense. She suggests that Geisel must have confused the name of the al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden with that of the Presidential candidate.

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