The woman who threw a shoe a Hillary Clinton on Thursday night in Las Vegas appears to the be same woman who interrupted the court proceedings of James Holmes and filed a motion to have the confessed Aurora, Colo., theater shooter released from jail.
Alison Michelle Ernst was arrested Thursday after sneaking past security to throw a soccer cleat at Clinton during the former secretary of State's speech to an industry association in the city. The shoe missed its target, and Clinton laughed off the would-be attack unharmed.
In August of 2012, a woman of the same name and age was removed from a courtroom in Colorado after interrupting Holmes's court appearance, saying she had evidence to exonerate the suspect. The Secret Service and the Clark County District Attorney's Office could not confirm Ernst's identity when contacted by National Journal, but the New York Post reports that Colorado officials confirmed it is the same Alison Michelle Ernst.
After her outburst, Ernst filed a motion in court alleging that Holmes was "mind-controlled" by a powerful conspirators.
"Holmes is an innocent man. James Holmes must be released to me asap [sic]. This is a huge conspiracy," Ernst's motion read, fingering a prominent businessman as the true mastermind of the attack. He is, she continued, "involved in with new world and a group of cabal evil worldwide crooks who want to control the world through false flag attacks akin to George Orwell 1984 [sic]."
The judge dismissed the motion and local media described the document as "bizarre." On what appears to be Ernst's personal website, she posts another court motion involving Holmes, this one a request for a restraining order against the confessed killer.
"James Holmes [is] entering my mind through subliminal messaging and causing me to be obsessed with him on a daily basis," she wrote in that document. She added that she is "facing imminent danger and bodily harm from defendant James Holmes," even though he was in custody at the time.
The New World Order is a popular conspiracy theory online, and Ernst has been a topic of heated discussion on message boards owned by conspiracy entrepreneur Alex Jones.
Adherents to the conspiracy theory believe the Aurora theater shooting—along with almost every other act of domestic mass violence in the past two decades—was actually the work of a megalomaniacal cabal of elites that use staged "false flag" attacks to instill fear in the American people. Occasionally, believers have acted on their beliefs off the Internet, as Ernst apparently did in both cases.
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