The Arizona Republic

Lawyer: Man accused of threats to kill senators has dementia


A New York man charged with threatenin­g to kill U.S. senators over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmati­on has dementia and isn’t dangerous, his lawyer said as the man was ordered held without bail.

Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arraigned Friday after prosecutor­s said he left a series of voicemails threatenin­g two senators for supporting Kavanaugh. They haven’t been publicly identified.

DeRisi’s lawyer, Peter Brill, told news outlets his client’s brain-atrophying condition has caused behavior problems. The attorney said DeRisi is “belligeren­t” but not violent.

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