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Mass. judge trusts Snyder threat suspect to show up in Florida; relative compares accused to Sarah Palin

by George Bennett | February 8th, 2011


Manuel Pintado, the 47-year-old University of Massachusetts sociology student and self-described “political activist” accused of threatening state Rep. William Snyder of Stuart, was released from custody by a Massachusetts judge Monday and ordered to present himself in court in Martin County by Friday morning to face charges.

Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, who sent detectives to Massachusetts to escort Pintado to Florida, said he’s “baffled” by the judge’s decision and has “grave concerns” that Pintado won’t show up. (Read Crowder’s entire statement after the jump.)

A lengthy article on Pintado in the University of Massachusetts Daily Collegian says friends and relatives describe Pintado as “an amiable pacifist with a passion for immigrants’ rights and state support of public higher education, though they said he suffers from anxiety and could sometimes become swept up in his own dedication and act excitedly.”

The article quotes Pintado’s son-in-law as saying Pintado did something dumb, “right up there with all the teenagers who call in fake bomb threats to their junior high schools and people like Sharron Angle who call for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, or Sarah Palin or people who show up to political rallies with nooses and shotguns, but he is not a killer, not even close.”

Statement from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office:

February 7, 2011—The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has received notification that earlier this morning in the State of Massachusetts Manuel Pintado, in custody on a $450,000 warrant issued in Martin County as a result of the investigation into a threat made against State Representative William Snyder, was released on his own recognizance by a Massachusetts Judge.

Statement from Sheriff Robert L. Crowder regarding this release:

“A death threat lodged against a public official is a very serious matter. I am baffled as to why a Massachusetts Judge would negate the bond amount on a warrant issued against a man threatening to do harm and having the ability to do harm to Representative Snyder and his family. These are serious allegations placed against a man who is no stranger to law enforcement, serious enough that a Martin County Judge ordered he be held on a very high bond amount.

“We have grave concerns that Pintado will be unwilling to return to Florida on his own and, more importantly, are concerned that there again exists a possibility that because of his release he could potentially act upon his previous threat. Detectives from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office that are also sworn Deputy US Marshals are in Massachusetts and were prepared to assume custody of Pintado this morning and if Judge Goggins had not ordered Pintado’s release, he would have been in custody at the Martin County Jail by tonight.”

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8 Responses to “Mass. judge trusts Snyder threat suspect to show up in Florida; relative compares accused to Sarah Palin”

  1. Barry O'Brien Says:

    Why is there no information on the Massachusetts judge and which jurisdiction it was in? Berkshire County, perhaps?

  2. nemo Says:

    A 47 year old student at U Mass, a self described “activist”, concerned about immigrant rights. A man who makes death threats toward an elected public official, who has a warrant with a bond amonut of $450,000. issued by a State of Florida court, is released nonhis own recognizance

  3. nemo Says:

    Is it any wonder that Mass. is so fycked up?

  4. JKM Says:

    Well, it’s not really fair to compare him to Ex-Half Term Gov. Palin. He was forced to stop whereas she usually quits halfway through a plan.

  5. JD Says:

    Of course the representative is a republican. Were he a democrat, Pintado would remain in jail. Gabrielle Giffords receives all type of publicity. the shooter was immediately linked to conservative talk radio and Fox News. No mention hardly of the Republican judge, who WAS killed.

  6. rjr Says:

    Apparently the judge didn’t think it was such a big deal and maybe it wasn’t.

  7. Veritas Says:


    Your post is the most idiotic post that I’ve seen in quite a while.

    Threatening anyone with a death threat is a “big deal”.


    Your post is a close second to rjr’s on the idiocracy meter. The son-in-law of the “activist” couldn’t even make a coherent argument for Sarah Palin to be a relevant factor in the conspiratorial rambling of excuses of why his father-in-law is not to blame. Sadly, liberals jump to whatever taunts they can throw out (or is that “throw up”?) and don’t even attempt to include logic in an argument.

    Let me spell it out for you a little clearer:


  8. Luysii Says:

    What does “no stranger to law enforcement” mean? What has Pintado been arrested for/convicted of and when? The press in Massachusetts is silent on this.

    You should know that not everyone in Massachusetts agrees with the goings on in the People’s Republic of Northampton.

    For details see:

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