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Federal grand jury indicts woman for threatening to bomb Athens Democratic campaign office

By Joe Johnson

A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned an indictment charging an Elberton woman with threatening to bomb the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee Campaign headquarters in Athens earlier this month and lying to federal investigators.

Jessica Diane Higginbotham, 35, is charged with one count each of communicating a bomb threat and making false statements.

If convicted of communicating a bomb threat, Higginbotham faces a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of making false statements, she faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia. the indictment alleges that Higginbotham made a threat to bomb the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee Campaign building on Sunset Drive on Dec. 3 and lied to federal agents on Dec. 4 about her knowledge of a specific email address and the use of the TextNow communication application on her cellphone.

Higginbotham is currently has been in custody at the Athens-Clarke County Jail since her arrest on Dec. 4. she will have an initial appearance in front of a U.S. District Court magistrate judge at a later date.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dec 16, 2022

Ca someone please explain why the ufck the capitol police would be involved?


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There are all sorts of redundant agencies, roles, authorities, within the federal government. Why do you think it’s so big? Plus if they have questions on authorities, then they have lawyers on staff to set it straight. Don‘t believe me, a simple google search on the roles, responsibilities, jurisdiction of the US Capitol Police will set your mind free and provide some education. I included the “might have included” language in my response to you as a possible reason how the Capitol Police became involved. If there was a threat towards a congress member, they would have the authority to join in the investigation.

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