On the Stand

Pelosi's Harasser Cries in Court

Gregory Lee Giusti, the 48-year-old man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, cried at a court hearing on Thursday where the magistrate refused to release him to a halfway house. "Some of these threats are very serious," explained Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman, but he also asked the U.S. attorney’s office to interview Giusti to see if he was mentally competent enough to be released to a halfway home down the road. Giusti is charged with making obscene, threatening, or harassing phone calls to a member of Congress—charges that carry a maximum sentence of two years and a $250,000 fine. He is alleged to have made dozens of calls to Pelosi’s home and to her husband’s business.