I’m told he was threatening some of his neighbors as well. When I spoke to him on the phone months ago he literally flew into a rage talking about his treatment after Katrina. The man is clearly very troubled and I hope he is able to get the help he needs. The Times Picayune has the story (H/t Slabbed Nation):
A disbarred New Orleans lawyer who gained notoriety after refusing to evacuate for Hurricane Katrina was arrested Friday night for allegedly sending an e-mail threatening the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in downtown New Orleans, the FBI said.
A criminal complaint charged Ashton O’Dwyer Jr., 62, of violating the law when he sent an email to the court saying, in part, “Given the recent ‘security breach’ at 500 Poydras Street, a number of scoundrels might be at risk if I DO become homicidal.”
The “breach” apparently referred to an incident last week in which three people entered the New Orleans office of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Hale Boggs Building on Poydras under false pretenses.
The FBI arrested O’Dwyer in the 6000 block of St. Charles Avenue and found a loaded handgun in his possession at the time, said Sheila Thorne, FBI spokeswoman. Officials held him after his initial court appearance Saturday, and a detention hearing is scheduled today.
We’ll be following this.