Federal charges filed against woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Clinton during her speech. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT


Alison Ernst.
Alison Ernst.

LAS VEGAS — Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech.

The trespassing and violence charges lodged Sunday against Alison Michelle Ernst in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas come as local prosecutors consider a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in state court.

Ernst didn’t respond to a phone message today, and it isn’t clear if she has a lawyer.

The 36-year-old faces a June 24 court date on the local charge, which could get her a year in county jail stemming from the incident Thursday.

A court date in the federal case wasn’t immediately set.

Clinton wasn’t struck by the shoe. She continued her speech to a recycling industry conference at the Mandalay Bay resort.