ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won another round in court on Monday against a Pennsylvania teenager accused of stalking the outspoken conservative, telling a judge, "I fear for my friends' and for my family's safety."
The three-hour Anchorage court hearing, with Palin and her antagonists testifying by telephone, ended with the judge renewing a previous restraining order against Shawn Christy, 19, and issuing a similar order against his father, Craig.
Shawn Christy admitted in court to having threatened to rape Palin but has denied her allegations he menaced her daughters. He also admitted sending Palin numerous e-mails and gifts, and to traveling to Anchorage earlier this year.
Craig Christy admitted to making more than two dozen early morning phone calls to Palin's parents over a two-day period in March. He also acknowledged organizing a support group for his son to stage protests at events attended by Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and he maintains a Facebook page with numerous anti-Palin messages.
State Superior Court Magistrate Jonathon Lack said he found the repeated telephone calls to Palin's parents, some of them recorded and played at the hearing, to be "very disturbing."
Lack rejected Palin's request for a restraining order against the teen's mother, Karen Christy, who called Palin's parents only twice.
The judge also refused to grant separate restraining orders sought by Palin's father, Chuck Heath, and by Kristan Cole, a close Palin friend, because neither appeared in person or by telephone for Monday's hearing.
But he ruled that the behavior of Shawn and Craig Christy constituted stalking that justified restraining orders.
Palin described all three members of the Christy family, who live in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, as dangerous and operating under a delusion that she was carrying on some type of relationship with the son via text messaging.
"I think they're three peas in a pod, and I fear for my friends' and for my family's safety," she testified over the phone from her home in Wasilla.
Kliphnote: Let me say this again: Palin is not running for
anything and holds no office.
What is the problem with these people?
You loons out there, SEEK HELP!
You have something wrong with your head.
You have to wonder why the wackos go after Palin
and not other Republicans.
Is it because she is a woman?