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Radio Show Canceled After Host Jokes About Clinton Assassination

October 26, 1996

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A conservative talk show host who joked about President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore being assassinated had her radio program canceled but won’t be prosecuted.

The Secret Service, which investigated the Oct. 15 Rollye James Show, determined that ``criminal prosecution would not be appropriate,″ agent Shawn Campbell said Friday.

Ms. James said she was joking when she responded to a caller touting a bumper sticker that said: ``Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?″

Ms. James told the caller that if Clinton were assassinated, that would leave Gore as president.

``And you don’t want that, so you better get them both,″ she said.

Later, she suggested another caller who criticized her should be targeted, too.

Mike Crusham, vice president and general manager of LBJ Broadcasting Co., called the remarks inappropriate but said they were not the main reason the show was pulled from KLBJ-AM.

``We’ve had some disagreement in the show direction and that is primarily the reason,″ Crusham said. ``This was one in a series of events, but it’s not the sole reason we ended the show.″

He said of Ms. James’ remarks: ``It was improper and it was inappropriate and I think it went over the line of what we should do as a broadcaster, even if it wasn’t against the law.″

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