The “angry patriot hippie” collapses after a jury pleads guilty to threatening to kill an FBI agent


A 60-year-old Century Village resident who calls himself “Angry patriot hippie” A jury convicted her of threatening to kill an FBI agent who wanted to quiz her about possible involvement in the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Later, it collapsed and was taken to the hospital this week.

The uneasy scene in the US District Court wasn’t completely unexpected.

Immediately after Sae Yamamoto Kay was arrested at her house last year In a vast elderly housing with care west of Boca Raton, her lawyer warned her of poor health. She had a history of her seizures and needed to be able to continue to use medical marijuana to stop potentially fatal attacks, they said in court documents.

Robin Rosenberg, a U.S. district judge who warned that he had been hospitalized during detention after Kay was arrested, ruled that he could continue to smoke medical marijuana while Kay was detained. I agreed to suspend.

However, Kay fell to the floor after the three-day trial ended on Wednesday. Her court adjutant, Melanie Richardson, said her lawyers and other court officials tried to revive her while waiting for her paramedic to arrive.

In court documents, federal lawyer Assistant Christie Militello argued that Kay should not be prosecuted.

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Long before this week’s trial began, Militello claimed that the proud “Trump-loving conservatives” weren’t serious when he posted a video warning agent.

In addition, Miritello said the threat of using Kay’s “First Amendment Right” was protected by the First Amendment’s right to freely criticize government officials.

“Her post wasn’t a threat at all, but rather the constitutionally protected’political exaggeration’was intended to convey her strongly-held view,” Miritello wrote.

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Rosenberg, the federal prosecutor, and ultimately the jury, disagreed with Militello’s view.

After FBI agents and Kay himself explained how the case unfolded, the jury convicted Kay of one of the interstate transmissions of the threat of injury. Kay acquitted her in a second indictment based on a similar video posted on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Kay faces the possibility of five years in prison. However, due to the confusion that occurred after the jury announced the verdict, the judgment date was not set.

The bizarre incident began when the FBI was informed that Kay had traveled to Washington to attack the Capitol with thousands of other supporters of President Donald Trump.

She was supportive when FBI agents first contacted her on January 28, 2021, the agent wrote. She denied she was among the mobs, but she said she knew others, the agent said.

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“She retired and had plenty of time to talk, but couldn’t drive, so she had to be interviewed at her residence,” special agent Caitlin Marsh wrote in a criminal accusation against Kay.

Almost two weeks later, before meeting Kay, the agent got another hint. This is about Kaye’s blasphemous video on three social media platforms.

She posted a rant three days after she talked to the agent on the phone, but they didn’t see them until February 9.

By that time, the agency was upset. On February 2, two agents were shot dead and four were injured while executing a search warrant at Sunrise’s home.

The agent took Kay’s threat seriously. “(She) implied that if FBI agents came to her residence, she would be violent against them,” Marsh wrote.

The defense states that women’s allegations are within the rights of the First Amendment.

Miritello also argued that Kay’s online diatribe, interrupted by wiggles from Jack Daniel’s bottle, was only part of her social media tactics.

She said she carefully created her video to appeal to about 5,000 like-minded supporters of former President Donald Trump, who is following her on social media.

Kay occasionally posts recipes, but most of her work is dedicated to attacking President Joe Biden and perpetuating “some of the more extreme views endorsed by President Trump.” Miritello writes.

She is like thousands of other people expressing their political views on social media, Militello writes. Kay is unique because he was charged.

Miritello has listed more than six celebrities and politicians who have threatened others.

For example, NBA star LeBron James tweeted “You’re Next #Accountability” in 2021 with a photo of a white officer who fatally shot a black teen. Singer Madonna told the people who gathered at the 2017 Women’s March, “I thought a lot about blowing up the White House.” In 2017, Republican Rep. Maxine Waters said, “I’ll take Trump tonight.”

James, Madonna, and Waters, like countless others, were not prosecuted for good reason, Militello said.

“This is the result of our deep-rooted commitment to the principle that discussions on public issues should be unrestrained, robust and open,” she said in a 1964 US Supreme Court ruling. I quoted and wrote it.

US Federal Prosecutor’s Assistant Mark Dispot argued that Kay’s threat in the video had nothing to do with the market contribution of opinions. She warned FBI agents that they would shoot them when they came to her house.

“The fact that the defendant may not own the firearm or intend to shoot the agent is not a moment,” he wrote. “Her threat was clear, direct and concrete.”

According to Dispoto, the law is clear. “The criminal threat is not just constitutional speech,” he wrote.

Militello argued that there was little difference between Kay’s video and many other videos posted daily on social media. Like everyone else, Kay’s ability to speak her mind should be protected.

“Mr. Kay, like all US citizens, has the right to criticize her government,” Militello said. “This is the central meaning of the First Amendment.”

Jane Musgrave covers federal and civil courts and may even challenge criminal trials in state courts. Contact her at [email protected]

This article was originally published in the Palm Beach Post. A jury convicted an “angry patriot hippie” for threatening to kill an FBI agent

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