A Northern California man accused of sending threatening e-mails to President Barack Obama and other officials has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.
Federal authorities say 59-year-old John Gimbel of Crescent City sent a new batch of messages on September 28th after previously being warned to stop. Authorities say the e-mails contained racist, profane language and included threats to the first lady.
Gimbel was arrested October 6th by the U.S. Secret Service and was indicted before Obama appeared in San Francisco on Thursday for a fundraiser.
Randall Davis, Gimbel's former attorney, says Gimbel argues he was exercising his free speech rights.
On Monday, a federal public defender was appointed to the case, which has been transferred to San Francisco.