Sometimes, a few imprudent words can create all sorts of legal trouble, particularly if uttered to federal law enforcement. On Monday, 28-year-old Aleksander Alekskov was arrested outside the White House fence for allegedly threatening the president’s life. (You probably read the news reports. If not, click here and here.) A complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last evening. We’ve included the
statement of facts below:
On January 28, 2008, at approximately 1:40 pm, the defendant approached two uniformed Secret Service officers…at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. walking along the sidewalk north of the White House. He was carrying a small travel suitcase. He asked the officers if they were Secret Service. They advised that they were. The defendant then stated, “I want to kill the president.” He then tried to walk away. The officers approached the defendant and asked what it was that he said. He repeated, “I want to kill the president.” He was placed in handcuffs. A search of his suitcase revealed a small pairing [sic] knife, a laptop, clothing, and other personal effects.