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.
Palin 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.