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Sarah Palin fought back against a suspected stalker this week. An Alaskan judge has issued a 20-day restraining against an 18-year-old man accused of making implied threats against her in phoned and written messages.

Palin and her lawyer said that Shawn R. Christy of McAdoo, Pa., has warned Palin to "watch her back," sent her proof of a gun purchase, and told her that he's buying a one-way ticket to Alaska. In telephoned testimony, Palin said she feared for her life. "Bottom line is, he is crazy and could kill me. He wants me dead," she said, according to the court transcript reported by the Associated Press.

Magistrate Judge Colleen Ray granted a 20-day restraining order, barring Christy from having any contact with Palin's family and requiring him to stay at least a mile away form her Wasilla, Alaska, home and a Wasilla-area high school. Palin said Christy thinks he has some kind of relationship with her 16-year-old daughter, Willow.

sarah palinPalin had no immediate public reaction to the court order, although she was active on her Twitter account Thursday, commenting on a Florida congressional race.

The judge also put out a restraining order on Christy for Palin's friend, Kristan Cole, who said Christy has been contacting her since 2009. Cole, in court documents, said she received a letter from Christy claiming that he had an affair with Sarah Palin. He wrote that "he is trying to follow God but has evil in him, and that he is going to sell everything and come to Alaska with his shotgun." So said court documents cited by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman of suburban Anchorage. "Respondent (Christy) also told petitioner (Cole) in that same letter that he bought at least 1 gun and one shotgun and then sent a letter with proof of purchase of the gun and said he had additional tools the he could use," the document said.

But the accused man's father, Craig Christy, told the Mat-Su Valley newspaper that Shawn was "not in Alaska and he's never been to Alaska." With a hearing set for Oct. 13 on Palin's petition for a long-term restraining order, Craig Christy said he would ask to take part by phone. "We're going to ask that we can speak on his behalf," he said.

Palin's lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, told the AP that Christy has "risen to the top of the dozens and dozens of people" who have threatened Palin since 2008 when the then-governor of Alaska ran for vice president on the Republican ticket. Since then, she has emerged as a national figure, appearing frequently on television, taking speaking engagements all over the country and endorsing conservative candidates in the midterm election campaign. Christy "stands out as the most persistent," Van Flein said.
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The most of your judges are ok some of them actually know who it is that pays thier paycheck. The legal American taxpaying citizen.. very far and few between that 1 or 2 cross over that line and start representing the people that don't pay thier salaries.. Some of the politician public servants refuse toaccept that the American taxpayer pays thier salaries that ios why they get voted out all except the ones that have millions of dollars anyway and I can't figure out how anybody would want them in the government in the first place unless they were self made millionaires then maybe that would be ok but I would still probably vote against them...I vote for a government of the people by the regular working people for the regular working people... That my friends is the only way to be sure that you have a government that is one of us and understands what sacrifice and going without is all about...Your choice mine is TEA PARTY WHORAAAH

October 06 2010 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a real deranged anti gun liberal trying to help the liberals get more anti gun firearms laws passed. A real troublemaker.

October 06 2010 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
we love mario!!!

Why would anyone bother such a nice lady as Sarah?

October 04 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry Heesh

Sarah Palin is just looking for more notoriaty, physical threats substantiated by evidence is grounds for a conviction isn't it, then why all the sidebars about a 20 day restraining order, just lock him and move on. Get in the news with some pertinent information about how you can really help the country and create jobs.

October 04 2010 at 7:41 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

While Sarah Palin is certainly not my ideal of what should be involved in local, let alone national politics, no public offical should be subject to this type of behavior. I sympathize with her and am concern for her safety as I would be for any public figure of either party. Though as American politics become increasingly more polarizing and politicans feed the fringe elements with more and more devisive language, it is not surprising'

October 04 2010 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

We dont need a candidate running as a Christian woman, just as an American woman. Keep your religion to yourself and be tolerant of all humans. Way too much intrusion of religion into politics while the most voca of them turn out to be hypocrites.

October 03 2010 at 1:10 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

How bad for her!

October 01 2010 at 7:02 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

This guy sounds like a real scum bag. He has no reason, as others also have no reason to dislike her. She is a wonderful Christian woman who cleaned up a corrupt government in Alaska. People in Alaska, as in other states hunt and fish on a regular basis. It is legal! I hope she will run for President in 2012. She is a very smart lady and would be an asset to this country!

October 01 2010 at 6:01 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

I disagree with Governor Palin's politics a great deal on just about every issue. That said, she does not need this kind of grief. All reasonable protection should be afforded her. My only son is sworn to defend by force of arms if necessary our rights as citizens. That includes people like this stalker and extremists from the entire political spectrum. Makes me more proud of him.

October 01 2010 at 5:37 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

so why didn't you put HIS picture in the artical so we will know him if he comes around? She did get the protective order, and he is 18? If I were her neighbors I would want to reconize him on site so I could warn authorities. His face should be posted anywhere she goes. And yes Debbi she was a nobody whos become a real somebody,, unlike Obama,,, who was a never was and is now a used to be.

October 01 2010 at 5:35 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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