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.