A Del Norte County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that he threatened in an e-mail to kill President Obama and members of his family....
The case, which was investigated by the Secret Service, is not the first time Gimbel has come under scrutiny for e-mail messages.
In April 2004, Gimbel was accused of complaining about a $5 parking ticket in an e-mail and threatening to deputize "all of the citizens of Crescent City to fix up some of these f- up piggos. Grab those hi-powered deer rifles, each and every, and get in groups of 50 and more and go breeze away to dust the skull of the police chief."
Gimbel was convicted of making the threats, but the conviction was overturned on appeal, court records show.
In another case, Gimbel allegedly harassed a Del Norte County sheriff's deputy who cited him for having faulty brake lights and no proof of insurance....
John Vrieze, a Eureka attorney who represented Del Norte County in both cases, said today, "The guy has some type of obsessive disorder. ... He's become very fixated on his First Amendment rights, thinking that transcends all bounds and that you can say anything you want and that it's protected speech. He probably could stand to benefit from some therapy."
◼ Crescent City man indicted for Obama threat
During the visit, Secret Service agents interviewed one of his sisters, who said Gimbel was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was troubled after being discharged from the military....
◼ May 1, 2007: Gimbel sends an e-mail to NBC Universal to “kill Bush and his family.”
◼ May 7 and 13, 2007: Gimbel sends e-mails to 80 U.S. representatives and senators asking them to kill President George W. Bush.
◼ May 14, 2007: The Secret Service visits Gimbel at his Crescent City home. He tells them he is “harmless.” He said, “I just make ugly comments.”
◼ June 2007-June 2009: Gimbel sends more than 20 threatening e-mails.
◼ Sept. 7: Secret Service once again visits Gimbel.
◼ Oct. 13: Gimbel is indicted for threatening President Barack Obama.
Source: U.S. Secret Service search warrant affidavit
◼ Crescent City man's threats to presidents go back years TS
No mention of his party tells you one thing - he is not a republican, If he was it would be in the headline.