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Man Who Harassed Palin Lawyers Charged In Pa.

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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of harassing Sarah Palin’s Alaska lawyers has been charged with assaulting a federal officer in Pennsylvania.

The Times Leader reports that federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Shawn Christy on Tuesday with assaulting a federal officer while resisting arrest.

On Nov. 28, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Christy in McAdoo, Pa., on a probation violation charge after a brief foot chase. U.S. Marshal Martin Pane says Christy was in possession of a knife and struggled with federal marshals.

Authorities say Christy had walked away from a community re-entry program in Scranton without approval, was verbally abusive toward staff, and damaged the facility.

Christy was sentenced in June to five years’ probation after he and his father pleaded guilty to making harassing phone calls to Palin’s attorneys. Shawn Christy was also ordered to spend up to six months at the Scranton Catholic Charity Center.

An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 21 by a federal court in Alaska, charging Shawn Christy with violating probation.

Prosecutors have said the Christys threatened both the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate and her attorneys.

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