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-- want to bring in my colleague.
Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett also a lawyer and legal expertise and our studios back in new York and Greg.
A good afternoon to you -- how serious could these criminal charges -- Incredibly serious bill because threatening the president is a separate and unique crime as John points out up to fifteen years but then you have to factor in additional charges.
If letters were sent to other government officials both state and local so.
Penalties upon conviction could run consecutive not concurrent.
There could be attempted murder charges brought but I think that's remote and finally.
Terrorism or bioterrorism.
The unlawful use of force or violence to intimidate the government's.
Or to instill fear in the general population so you could have a whole panoply of charges and penalties here.
Does it matter because this is reported through Mike Emanuel -- last night that it was low grade rice and does it matter you know what's level it was whether it could have killed or could not have killed.
It it really does because the defense would argue in addition to the intent to kill you have to have the ability to kill in order to be found guilty.
Of attempted murder but if you think -- To kill is proven and he used a dangerous instrumentality.
Then yes he could be found guilty -- something like attempted murder.
And as John pointed out.
Accompanying the rice and allegedly were the words may -- I have your attention now even if that means someone must die.
So dye is part of the proof here.
-- -- heard that last question about his mental states.
What about a mental illness defense -- -- case like this well all my -- posts indicate that you know he thought he'd uncovered this grand conspiracy and then the government was targeting him on its -- kind of sounds like.
Paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia.
They judge will certainly haven't evaluated -- psychiatric experts to determine one whether he's competent to stand trial number two.
If he is what about insanity defense could invoke that.
Did he suffer from a mental disease and defects so severe he didn't know right from wrong but you know what.
That works almost never less than 1% of the cases in sanity prevailed so that's a long shot.
All right Greg thank you good to be with you Gregg Gregg Jarrett from our studios back there in New York.
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