An Oklahoma jury found Tea Party fringe lunatic Al Gerhart guilty of felony blackmail in May. Along with that guilty verdict, Gerhart was also found to be guilty on felony charges relating to the state of Oklahoma’s computer crimes act.
Gerhart is the founder of the Oklahoma based ‘Sooner Tea Party,’ which claims it is “America’s fastest growing movement.”
The charges came after Gerhart sent an threatening email to Oklahoma senator Cliff Branan, back in April of 2013. According to the criminal complaint filed against Gerhart, by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the email read:
“Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it. I will make you the laughing stock of the senate if I don’t hear that this bill was heard and passed. We will dig into your past, your family, your associates and once we start, there will be no end to it.”
In other words, do what I say or I will make you regret it!
That’s blackmail. It’s also threatening a public official, intimidation of a public official and a whole list of other things that are not legal, including using a computer to carry out a crime.
Gerhart faced a maximum sentence of up to ten years in jail and a $15,000 fine, under state and federal law.
Instead of doing jail time, however, the white Oklahoma tea party leader will do no time at all, even though he was found guilty on both felony counts.
Instead of a $15,000 fine, Gerhart will pay just $1,000 for a conviction of felony blackmail.
What’s going on in Oklahoma?
Strangely enough, there’s a long list of comments here about Judge Ray Elliot, who delivered Gerhart’s sentence today. Not surprisingly there are repeated complaints of Elliot being racist in the court room. Here are just a few of the comments that turned up on therobingroom,com:
Reading the comments you have to wonder how many minority citizens who were convicted of two felony charges were allowed to walk away with no jail time, in Judge Elliot’s court room.