A federal judge in Syracuse rejected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s, R-Ga., request to have an Endicott man convicted of threatening her pay roughly $65,000 for a security fence around her Georgia home.
Joseph Morelli pleaded guilty in February to threatening Greene in several 2022 calls to her office in Washington, D.C., and was sentenced to three months in prison in August. In the voicemails, Morelli said he would harm Greene and pay someone $500 to crack her skull with a baseball bat, prosecutors said.
Greene demanded $65,257 for the construction of the fence and $1,375 for reconfiguring the security cameras she already has at her home, according to the Associated Press. Government lawyers argued Greene’s security expenses were related to the threats, according to court papers.
In denying Greene’s request, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of New York, Brenda Kay Sannes, wrote that federal law permits restitution when there’s property loss, but Greene and her campaign paid for the security upgrades.
Sannes added that Justice Department attorneys didn’t establish the additional security measures were directly tied to Morelli’s threats as opposed to other ones.