Shannon Richardson, a Texas-based actress who has had small parts in movies and television shows including "The Walking Dead" and "The Vampire Diaries," was charged Friday for allegedly mailing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama. She was not charged in connection with the ricin found on the Obama letter or the two other ricin-tainted letters she allegedly mailed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, the director of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.
Richardson's arrest marked an abrupt twist in a case in which authorities say she initially contacted law enforcement and accused her husband, Nathaniel, of committing the crime. Court documents in the case reveal what led to Shannon's arrest, including her alleged failure of a lie detector test, evidence the letters were printed from her laptop, and the fact her husband has an alibi for when the printing occurred. Nathaniel Richardson has not been charged.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
A Texas couple at the center of the investigation into ricin-tainted letters sent to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are reportedly trading accusations back and forth. CBS News said Nathan Richardson told investigators his wife, Shannon, is attempting to frame him for the mailings. Meanwhile, Shannon Richardson allegedly told family members she believed her husband was trying to poison her and had a "racist" anger towards the president.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
In a rather heated session Wednesday night, the student senate at Texas A&M University passed a "Religious Funding Exemption Bill" that was originally aimed at allowing students to opt out of funding the school's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center for religious reasons. The controversy over the center is the latest clash over sexuality at a university that has seen decades of conflict over gay rights.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)