Marjorie Taylor Greene loses bid to make stalker pay for security fence

November 16, 2023

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene suffered a legal setback this week after a judge refused to grant a request that she had made. 

According to The Hill, Greene had asked that the New York man convicted of threatening her be made to pay for a $67,000 fence at her home.

"I really think I’m gonna have to cause you harm"

The Hill reported in August that Joseph Morelli was sentenced to three months in federal custody. That sentence came after he pleaded guilty to leaving threatening voicemail messages at the congresswoman's Washington in 2022.

"I really think I’m gonna have to cause you harm — physical harm," The Hill quoted Morelli as saying in one of the voicemails.

"You’ve got a big f‑‑‑ing mouth, and I’m gonna show you what violence is really about," he said in another while accusing Greene of having spread "hatred" and "poison."

"Keep spreading that hate, b---h. See what the f--k happens to you. You are going to get f‑‑king physically hurt. Keep talking that s--t, b---h," Morelli added.

Judge says Greene experienced no loss of property

While Greene asked that she be reimbursed for the cost of constructing a large security fence along with an upgraded security system for her home, the Obama-appointed judge was unimpressed.

U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes argued in her 14-page ruling that Greene would only be entitled to compensation for the loss of property.

"Rather, Congresswoman Greene—or, more accurately, her campaign—expended money for personal security enhancements," she wrote.

Sannes also pointed to the fact that Greene has received numerous threatening calls since she was first elected to office in 2020.

Georgia charged on Monday with threatening Greene and her staff

Despite this, Greene did not make any expenditures on fortifying her home until some months after Morelli left the voicemails in March of 2022.

"Ultimately, there was a delay of between six and seven months between Defendant’s offenses (and his subsequent release on pretrial conditions) and the dates the expenses were incurred: the security-camera reconfiguration was not undertaken until September 2022, and an estimate for construction of the fence was not produced until October 2022," the judge wrote.

Sannes's ruling came one day after Fox News reported that a Georgia man was charged with making threats against Greene and her staff.

Thirty-four-year-old Dekalb County resident Sean Patrick Cirillo appeared in court on Monday to face charges related to transmitting interstate threats.

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