Man Accused Of Threatening Obama Pleads Not Guilty

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.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    What gets me, it was okay to say mean things about our last president, it was accepted. Now, its not. What kind of injustice do we live in now? I myself would not ever disresecpt a President of my country unless I was told do something that totally went against my morals, vaules and or God. I do feel however, and see that our freedom is slipping.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    If I was bi-racial I would never claim the race of the parent that was ABSENT for my entire life. I would claim the race of the parent that loved, nutured and raised me. I think that is political crap. Obama knows what he is doing. He wanted the label of being the first black president. He is not even black. He is mixed. His sorry father did not even care enough about him to be around and raise him. Shame on Obama for his dishonesty and rejecting the very family that made him who he is today. If he would throw his family under the bus for the black vote he will lie to the Americans. Just another reason I have for not liking him. All you who defend him? Your not the brightest crayons in the box.
  • by Satan on Oct 20, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    This guy should already know that he's going to lose this battle. You sent email's to the all mighty president (lower case on purpose).
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    Be careful out there all you racists! Being is a bigot is not illegal (unfortunately) but threatening the President is. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself and your kind.
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