TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore County judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Parkville man prosecutors say threatened Gov. Martin O’Malley in an e-mail.

Walter Abbott’s mistrial came Wednesday. It was his second trial in the case in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

He was convicted in 2008 of sending a threatening e-mail and received a suspended sentence of six months in prison and two years of probation. In the e-mail, Abbott, 47, threatened to “strangle the life” from O’Malley.

However, last year, Maryland’s second-highest court threw out the conviction, ruling that the Baltimore County judge failed to define “threat” for the jury or to tell jurors how to determine if the e-mail constituted a threat.

Prosecutors say no decision has been made about whether to retry Abbott a third time.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (11)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Should never have made it to court. An attempt by the bully government to push around a frustrated citizen with no power to fight back. I suggest next time he keep his mouth shut.

  2. whatnow says:

    Good. Please prosecutors, do not waste anymore of our tax money pursuing this stupid case. The job you save may be your own!

  3. Richard says:

    GOOD. Let him go.

  4. Sickofit says:

    So awesome! Quit wasting our money O’Malley!

  5. Perry says:

    Thankfully it came to mistrial. It never should have gone to court in the first place. I feel for the man. I have a friend of mine whose grandfather was in construction, his father was in construction, and my friend inherited the business only to see it go up for the exact same reason as Mr. Abbott’s. And when does word suggest a threat? I can understand pursuing this if Mr. Abbott was continually showing up at the state house or following the governor around.

  6. Not going to take it says:

    WTG Walter! Congrats! Now let’s home the State doesn’t waste anymore tax payer dollars trying to retry this case. Let it drop!

    Perry I agree with you. How many times have you heard of someone going to the police saying their spouse/friend, etc. threatened them and the police tell them until something happens they can’t do anything. That should have been the same thing here. Owe’Malley thinks way to highly of himself. His wife the Judge probably had something to do with this trial also.

  7. Scott's County says:

    Thank God! I’ve been shot down with my feelings and expressions that Maryland is an Ultra-Liberal hell hole! What this man said was not a treat but an expression of frustration with the Ultra-Liberal O’Malley. I can’t believe true justice is being served in the Maryland courts and legislator. First, the motor cyclist charged with illegal white tap had charges dropped for video taping his encounter with a Maryland State Trooper and then the Gay Marriage Bill got defeated in the House of Delagates. Now, this awesome bit of justice served! We the people are 3 for 3 in these big cases! You getting the message, Big Brother Government?

  8. susan says:

    I agree. He was just venting. Just let it go.

  9. Scott's County says:

    The word above should be wire tap. Dang iPhone spell check!

  10. FEDUP says:

    Glad. to see the Judge put this case where it belonged. But that does not fix the problem of illegal’s. Time to clean them out so real Americans and legal aliens can work

  11. Bernadette Z says:

    Good comment, “Fedup”..there never was a REAL threat against our “new American” governor..Mr. Abbott said He would like to… HE DID NOT SAY HE WOULD…. They need to take a grammar lesson, bunch of idiots…I would like to do a lot of things but will they actually happen is another story. What a mean spirited, petty man sitting in the governor’s mansion..a governor who respects our laws would NOT be coddling the illegals for their reliable Democratic vote…O’malley will leave Maryland in the same bad shape as he left Baltimore when he was mayor. I give this man a BIG FAT “F” for pursuing Mr. Abbott and a BIG FAT “F” for putting his so called “new Americans” BEFORE the good citizens of this state…You will never be president, O’Malley.

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