The mother of the man accused of a series of more than four dozen often threatening phone calls to the offices and home of US Senator Nancy Pelosi has blamed Fox News and others with “radical” political points of view for leading her 48 year old son astray.
Gregory Giusti’s 83 year old mother said he’d long had what she described as mental problems but did not think he was emotionally capable of carrying through on his violent threats against Pelosi and others.
San Francisco TV station KGO-TV quoted Eleanor Giusti:
“Greg frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family, which gets him into problems,” Eleanor Giusti said. “I say Fox News, or all of those that are really radical, and he, that’s where he comes from.”
KGO-TV also provides more detail on Giusti’s run ins with the law and his campaign of harassment against the Baptist church he was forced to leave in 2005:
In 2004, Giusti was convicted of criminal threats. The San Mateo District Attorney’s office says he was trying to evade the fare on a Caltrain, and when the conductor tried to kick him off, Giusti started yelling and threatening the conductor’s life. As a result, Giusti was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years supervised probation. He was also ordered to undergo mental health counseling.
There is also a lawsuit filed in February by Hamilton Square Baptist Church in San Francisco. It says, “Giusti has engaged in and continues to engage in a campaign of harassment” against people at the church.