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Alison Michelle Ernst, woman accused of tossing shoe at Hillary Clinton, released from custody



LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was given a misdemeanor disorderly conduct summons and freed after she was booked at the Clark County jail, according to a Las Vegas police arrest report.

"Ms. Ernst appeared to be in an agitated state but aware of what she had just done," the report said.

Ernst could face up to a year in the county lockup if she is convicted of violating a county ordinance during the Thursday incident at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

She is accused of bypassing security and walking quickly toward a rope line about six rows from the front of a conference audience. Police say she reached into a purse, removed the shoe and threw it overhand toward the stage.

Clinton ducked and wasn't struck. She appeared startled but quickly cracked a couple of jokes before continuing her keynote speech to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. The audience applauded.

Ernst was ushered by security guards out of the ballroom with her hands in the air and sat calmly afterward on a sofa in a hallway. She wore a blonde wig, blue dress and thong sandals.

She told an Associated Press reporter she threw a shoe and dropped some papers but did not identify herself or explain the action. Security officers ushered reporters and photographers away.

A jail booking photo, taken later, shows Ernst with short brown hair.

She couldn't immediately be reached Friday. It wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.

Brian Spellacy, Secret Service supervisory special agent in Las Vegas, said an orange and black athletic shoe was recovered from the stage.

Clinton has Secret Service protection because former presidents and their spouses are covered for their lifetime, Spellacy said.

Authorities said Ernst wasn't a credentialed conference attendee and wasn't supposed to have been in the ballroom, which had more than 1,000 people.

Audience members wore large conference identification badges and were asked to present photo identification for entry to Clinton's speech.

Clinton, the former first lady and Democratic senator from New York, has been traveling the country giving paid speeches to industry organizations and Democratic Party groups. She said in San Francisco on Tuesday that she was seriously considering a presidential bid.

The shoe-throwing incident reminded some of former President George W. Bush dodging shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist during a news conference in Baghdad in December 2008. Shoe-throwing is considered an insult in Arab cultures.


Shoe Thrown At Hillary Clinton During Vegas Speech

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d.barack April 12 2014 at 4:59 PM

Has anyone seen Evan Barthold posting today ?

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ticknert2 d.barack April 12 2014 at 6:42 PM

You got a thing for him ay?

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Bev April 12 2014 at 12:20 PM

what IS happening to our cia, nsa, secret service, et al, as of late? or were they always this inadequate and irresponsible?

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mr nice guy Bev April 12 2014 at 12:34 PM

Lets hope so We need to get rid of these LIBERALS & SOCIALIST WHO R RUINING OUR COUNTRY!

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shidelera5 April 11 2014 at 10:38 PM

Too bad this was not that county in Arizona . The Sheriff would make her live outside
in pink underwear.

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d.barack April 12 2014 at 7:10 PM

Dunces like Evan Barthold think that only the GOP makes athletic shoes.

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toasterof208s April 11 2014 at 10:40 PM

aww poor billionare wa wa wa

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Marty April 11 2014 at 10:43 PM

It just seems that security is not doing their job. Not here or any where. She knew she was doing wrong. Who knows she might have able to go threw cause she knew someone. Any way its always they were not suppose to be there. But they are their and tragedy happens. Isn't that always the case?

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Perfectface1 Marty April 11 2014 at 11:46 PM

marty .. you are right she must knew someone at the gate keeper to be able to get in.

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drchicago1 April 11 2014 at 10:44 PM

Who do you hate more, Bill Clinton or Karl Rove?

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Perfectface1 drchicago1 April 11 2014 at 11:45 PM

Definitely Karl Rove!!

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mestranger2all April 12 2014 at 7:21 PM

What I would be more concerned with is that Clinton has a terrible secrete service detail. Normally when a situation occurs like this its mili-seconds after the close call she should have had enough people on top of her or surrounding her in a v formation quickly exiting the publics area. This event it didn't even appear to have any one there to aid her. If that was my detail they would be looking for a job cause they dropped the ball. Come on secrete service do your job take every issue seriously and protect those you are assigned to I would love to know why this wasn't treated better

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veterian74 April 11 2014 at 6:35 PM

"What difference does it make?"

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toasterof208s April 11 2014 at 10:50 PM

shoegate hearings 1 week later ...... IT DOESNT MATTER WERE THE SHOE CAME FROM

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