charged with throwing shoe at Clinton in Nevada to undergo competency
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[June 13, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge
in Nevada has ordered a competency evaluation for a woman charged with
throwing a shoe at former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during
an April speaking appearance in Las Vegas, according to court papers
released on Thursday.
Alison Michelle Ernst is accused of getting past security at an
event at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel where Clinton was speaking
and hurling a soccer shoe and several papers at Clinton from the
A video of the incident posted on the website of CBS News shows
Clinton ducking as a shoe flies over her head.
"Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque
de Soleil?" Clinton said. "Thank Goodness she didn't play softball
like I did."
The evaluation will consider whether Ernst may have been "legally
insane" at the time of the incident as well as whether she is fit to
stand trial, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen said in issuing the
The evaluation was made at the request of Ernst's lawyer, William
Carrico, who questioned whether Ernst understood the proceedings
against her and could assist in her own defense.
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Ernst is charged with entering a restricted building and committing
violence against a person in a restricted building or grounds.
(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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