An Oklahoma City attorney was charged Monday with assault, attempted extortion and threatening violence, just one month after the Oklahoma Supreme Court warned him to stay out of trouble.
Lewis B. Moon, 46, is accused of threatening another attorney, saying he would have both the attorney and the attorney's “pretty daughter” raped and killed.
Police reported Moon made the threat Oct. 7 at Thunder Roadhouse, an Oklahoma City bar.
Moon placed the attorney — identified as James Pasquali, of Edmond — in a headlock when Pasquali tried to leave the table, a police detective reported. Pasquali eventually was able to walk away, the detective reported.
At the bar with Moon was James Randall “Cowboy” Dodd, 56, of Edmond, the detective reported.
Moon demanded Pasquali repay $1,500 to Dodd, who was upset with legal work done on a case involving his son, according to the police report.
Both “continued to threaten James and say they were going to kill him if he didn't pay them the money by Thursday,” according to the report.
Moon and Dodd are both charged in Oklahoma County District Court with felony counts of attempted extortion and threatening a violent act.
Moon also is charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.
Moon's attorney, John Coyle, said, “We're very disappointed in the turn of events. L.B. Moon is presumed innocent.”
Dodd could not be located for comment.
The Supreme Court in September publicly censured Moon, an admitted alcoholic, for three alcohol-related offenses.
The first of those offenses was four years ago when an intoxicated Moon was arrested outside a Whataburger in Warr Acres.
That 2008 arrest attracted widespread attention when Warr Acres police released a video of his tirade against officers.
Moon, after getting treatment, pleaded guilty in 2011 to two misdemeanors.
In his disciplinary case before the Supreme Court, Moon said he hid out in Wyoming because of the publicity after his arrest.
“The media coverage was so intense here,” Moon testified.
“I couldn't go anywhere without somebody saying something to me. This thing went viral. It was on YouTube, over a million hits.”
The Supreme Court said the video showed Moon “repeatedly demanding to be taken to Oklahoma County jail; being uncooperative, abusive, belligerent and offensive to officers; threatening the officers' jobs; indicating that all charges will be dropped because of the judges, district attorneys, city and state officials, and other influential people he knows; and asserting that he will be filing civil suits against the officers.”
Moon also pleaded guilty in 2009 to a drunken driving charge in Wyoming and no contest in 2011 to traffic tickets after an accident on an Oklahoma turnpike, records show.
The Supreme Court warned Moon in its public censure that he would be suspended from practicing law for two years if he has any more problems.
Four justices disagreed with the censure, saying he should have been suspended immediately.
Police report attorney
used racial slur
In the newest case, police reported Moon threatened to send men to Pasquali's house to rape and kill Pasquali's daughter. Police reported Moon used a racial slur to describe the men he would send.
The particular slur is often referred to as the N-word.
Police reported Dodd promised to “call him off” if Pasquali just paid the money.
Police reported Pasquali explained that someone else in his firm had represented Dodd's son and promised to “check into it,” but Dodd refused to accept the explanation.
“It was bizarre,” Pasquali told The Oklahoman on Monday.
“It caused me great concern for my own safety and that of my family and especially my children. We have taken precautions in both our home and the office. We take these threats very seriously.
“I had considered L.B. a friend prior to this incident,” Pasquali said.
He told police that Moon, while making the threats, quoted from the gangster movie, “Casino,” according to the police report.
Two men also face
charges in other case
Moon also is facing a misdemeanor charge in Logan County District Court.
He is accused there of impersonating a police officer in May and disturbing the peace.
Dodd is charged in Logan County District Court in the same incident with disturbing the peace.