Katherine Windels ordered to stop threatening Wisconsin Republicans
Katherine Windels got carried away.
There's no doubt that pro- and anti-union forces used almost every trick in the book during the assembly battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
But while there was a lot of shouting, screaming, and political posturing in Madison, and 14 Democrats went on the lam to Illinois in a failed attempt to block the bill, the protests were not generally violent.
But union backer Katherine Windels, a child care worker, may have gone a little too far.
Windels has been charged with two felony bomb scare counts and two misdemeanor counts of using a computer to send threatening messages. Prosecutors say she emailed messages to 15 Republican state senators on March 9 saying, "You will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks."
She pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges and she's been released ahead of another court date. In the meantime, a judge banned her from the state Capitol and instructed her not to have any contact with the senators.
Windels was also ordered to stay off the Internet--unless she's looking for a job, an exemption we think might come in handy quite soon.
- Scott Walker wins, Democrat accuses GOP of breaking the law
- Scott Walker cracks a little on union busting Nick Milroy, Wis. Democrat, tackled by police for trying to get to his office [VIDEO]
- Republican claims Wisconsin senate Democrats getting homesick
- Scott Walker: Wisconsin has buyer's remorse
- Madison police chief, mayor troubled by Scott Walker's comments
- Scott Walker phone fail: Wis. governor falls for prank call you wouldn't believe
- Bachmann wants Obama to be more like Wisconsin governor, but Americans don't
- Wisconsin 14 won't get paychecks until they come home
- Wisconsin police hunt down Democratic senators over union-busting bill
- Bachmann vs. Obama on Wisconsin unions
- Wisconsin will call out National Guard against striking state workers
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.