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Oklahoma City attorney accused of attempted extortion and threatening violence

Oklahoma City attorney Lewis B. Moon was accused in a felony charge Monday of threatening to have another attorney killed unless that man paid Moon's client $1,500.
by Nolan Clay Published: October 29, 2012

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.

Supreme Court's

public censure

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.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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