Joyce Kaufman-Induced Broward Schools Lockdown Lands Woman Two Years in Prison

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The woman who caused an FBI investigation after sending threats to right-wing radio host Joyce Kaufman -- leading to the lockdown of more than 300 Broward County schools -- was sentenced today to two years in prison.

Ellisa Martinez was arrested in November after emailing and calling Kaufman's radio station, WFTL-AM (850), and pleaded guilty to a threatening charge in May.

Martinez had watched MSNBC's coverage of Kaufman speaking during a Tea Party rally last July -- the speech in which Kaufman said "if ballots don't work, bullets will."

That led to the email, in which Martinez feigned Tea Party-alignment with Kaufman and mentioned she was planning "something big":

dear ms. kaufman, i was so thrilled to see you speak in person for congressman elect west. i was especially exited to hear you encourage us to exercise our second amendment gun rights. i felt your plan to organize people with guns in the hills of Kentucky and else where was a great idea. i know that you know one election is not enough to take our country back from the illegal aliens, jews, muslims, and illuminati who are running the show. i am so glad you support people who think like me. I'm planning something big around a government building here in Broward County, maybe a post office, maybe even a school, i'm going to walk in and teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd amendment is all about. Can I count on your help?

Kaufman did not want her help and instead turned the offer over to the cops.

There was also a phone call made to the radio station in which Martinez said her husband -- who divorced her before this incident -- was going to shoot up a Pembroke Pines school. He never had any involvement in the threats.

Martinez was originally questioned by the FBI but snuck out to Los Angeles while cops were prepping a warrant.

She was caught in L.A. a couple of weeks later.

The firestorm Kaufman was caught up in after Martinez' emails prompted her to quit her newly accepted post as Rep. Allen West's chief of staff.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Kaufman was in attendance at the sentencing at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, saying, "I think the judge did the right thing."


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Wayne
Wayne

To find the root cause of the problem lets examine the timeline. On July, 3 2010 WFTL Talker Joyce Kaufman speaking before a Tea-Party rally in Oakland Park Florida makes her bullets or ballots speech which was loosely based on a comment by Jefferson. Nothing happens. On July 6, 2010 a video of the speech is uploaded to YouTube where it is viewed nationwide. Nothing happens. On November 9, 2010 Rachael Maddow airs a highly edited version of the speech along with some very incendiary commenting. And on November 10, 2010, Ellisa Martinez e-mails and phone threats to both Kaufman and her employer WFTL which once brought to the attention of the BSO results in a code red shutdown of Broward County schools and a number of government buildings. I would appear based on the cause and effect Rachael Maddow bears the primary burden of causing the problems with her incendiary commentary not Kaufman.

Simone Zammit Endrich
Simone Zammit Endrich

I used to listen to Joyce Kauffmann's radio show while I lived in South Florida and I liked her passion and no-holds-barred critiques.  I did think she was a bit over the top on the so-called second amendment though, which I can't help disagreeing with. I know this is not a discussion on gun-ownership rights, but maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise to Kauffmann that she receives threats from nut-cases like this one.  It's precisely for this reason that I think your second-amendment is wrong.  Too many guns in the wrong hands could give rise to realistic threats.  And if you've got one, you're bound to want to use it some day.  Still can't put a finger on why you Americans argue so strongly in favour of this 'right'.  Sure, everyone has a right to self-defence, but doesn't it make it just that wee bit easier to take the law into one's hands when a weapon is so handy??  Just curious.  I lived in Florida and I never owned a gun.

NotterAndGoltAreMorons
NotterAndGoltAreMorons

How much time did the idiots from the Broward School Board get for orchestrating the disorganized over-blown response to this generic "threat" which included wasting time and money "locking" schools (anyone see all the kids caught on film jumping the fence) and interrogating  a third grader because his father's name was "Billy Johnson?"

First Hand
First Hand

Kenny, your ass just got owned by Yup.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Bullllll shit. I would debate her in a heartbeat. Her response was sophomoric at best.

Yup
Yup

If I understand correctly, isn't the format of discussion on a blog along the lines of you make your point, I refute or dispute or agree or add to it, and then you respond?

So wouldn't debating me in a heartbeat be illustrated by refuting some of what I responded to your post?

 As oppossed to your lovely ad hominem attack calling my response "sophomoric at best" without listing why my response was sophomoric, where it was incorrect, what specific points you disagree with, nor the reasoning or citations behind your arguments.

But like I said in an earlier post...I do like how you think.

AMwakeupcall
AMwakeupcall

This article should have delved into why Martinez had done what she did. Lousy reporting. Now the entire incident is over and has culminated in sentencing, and still we don't know- at least from the New Times- why it had occurred in the first place. My mother always told me, if you can't hire real reporters, then say nothing.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Martinez gets 2 years and Kaufmann walks. Balance please.

upforgrabs...
upforgrabs...

????????????????... not only that, but Whaaaaaaaaahhhttt???... also, huuuhhh???... and dooooiiii????....  a final   *with finger in nose*... "I dungetit!" 

Yup
Yup

Yeah, they should arrest Kaufman for turning this lady over to the police! I like how you think, Kenny.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Wake up. She has been preaching sedition and anarchy for years. She is the one who called out for her listeners to take up arms against the government. I don't like how you think Yup.

"Radio host Joyce Kaufman says to a crowd at a rally: "I am convinced the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don't work, bullets will."

Yup
Yup

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”Quote from our President when on the campaign trail.People do have the right to free speech, no matter how stupid or irresponsible, unless it is directed to inciting and likely to incite imminent violent action.Her rhetoric may be irresponsible, unreasonable, and inflammatory, and may include some violent imagery, but I would be terrified to live in a police state where this lady could be arrested for her speech. Obviously the letter writer was a wack-job, it's not as if every one of her listeners immediately took her literally and began an armed assault on the state.This lady is an idiot and a demagogue, but blaming her for right-wing violence (or attempted violence, or threatened violence) is akin to blaming the fiery rhetoric of the left-wing in the 1960's for bombing of army recruitment and police stations. At the time, that's exactly what Nixon and most conservative voices in this country tried to do, claiming that the inflammatory speech of anti-war activists was directly responsible for the violent acts of extremists acting in the name of the same cause. The "blame-rhetoric" game was wrong when the conservatives did it back then, and its wrong when the liberals do it today.

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