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Man accused of threats to Nancy Pelosi to undergo evaluation

Gregory Lee Giusti, who is accused of making threats over the phone to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is the third person arrested in recent days on charges of threatening members of Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks about healthcare reform during a news conference after she spoke to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday. Gregory Lee Giusti, who was arrested for threatening her by phone, appeared in court today.

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The third person arrested in recent days for threatening members of Congress, Gregory Lee Giusti, appeared in federal court here Thursday after being accused of making dozens of harassing phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) of California.

The arrest of Mr. Giusti, who was reportedly angry over Ms. Pelosi’s primary role in passing healthcare reform, comes as a growing number of lawmakers complain about the increasingly violent tenor of verbal attacks against them.

On Thursday, a judge ordered that Giusti be evaluated to determine whether he is mentally fit to be released to a halfway house pending a trial, according to the Associated Press.

Giusti, who has been convicted previously for making violent threats and lives in a federally subsidized apartment in the San Francisco's Tenderloin district, reportedly called Pelosi’s homes in California and Washington, but is believed to have spoken to the Democratic lawmaker only once.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is expected to release more details of the case Thursday.

In at least 13 calls to Sen. Patty Murray (D) of Washington, Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Wash., allegedly told the senator that she had a “target on your back.” Mr. Wilson was arrested Tuesday.

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