Threat charge against suspended lawyer dismissed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal indictment accusing a suspended attorney of e-mailing a threat to the bankruptcy court in New Orleans has been dismissed.

A judge ruled that although the e-mail sent by Ashton O'Dwyer in January contained coarse language, it did not amount to a threat. O'Dwyer is undergoing a bankruptcy case. He has been banned from practicing in federal court for at least five years and indefinitely suspended by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

According to The Times-Picayune, the e-mail said that O'Dwyer had run out of money for anti-depression medicine. O'Dwyer was suspended after filing numerous post-Hurricane Katrina lawsuits. Federal judges said his filings were unprofessional and derogatory - and contained unsubstantiated claims.

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