Man Charged With Threatening Obama in Web Poem

Kentucky's Spencer posted 'The Sniper' on white supremacist site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2010 1:30 PM CST

(Newser) – A Kentucky man has been arrested and charged with posting a poem threatening President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on a white supremacist website. The Secret Service said Johnny Logan Spencer Jr. of Louisville wrote and posted the poem, titled "The Sniper," on a site called NewSaxon.org.

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A special agent said the poem describes a gunman shooting and killing a "tyrant," later identified as the president. Spencer is scheduled to appear before a judge today for a detention hearing. He's in federal custody charged with making threats against the president and threatening to kill or injure a major candidate for the office of the president. (Read more Johnny Logan Spencer stories.)

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