WHITE PLAINS -- A man accused of making death threats on Facebook against some of the nation's best-known politicians may be suffering from delusions, his lawyer said yesterday.
Attorney Susanne Brody said in federal court that she will seek a mental evaluation for defendant Lawrence Mulqueen. She told the judge that Mulqueen may be suffering from "delusional ideation." Outside court, she said the phrase applies to people "who have fixed beliefs that are not necessarily reality."
Mulqueen is accused of threatening Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Nita Lowey and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The federal complaint does not name the targets, but police listed the names when Mulqueen was arrested last week.
Mulqueen said on Facebook that their "dirt nap is coming very soon," according to the federal complaint. It also quotes him as saying, "I cannot wait to start killing the scum." Police said investigators found two rifles, bayonets, ammunition, body armor, a sword and a knuckle knife at his home in Nanuet.
Mulqueen faces weapons charges in Rockland County, but federal prosecutors took over the threat case on Monday. If convicted, Mulqueen, 49, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Prosecutor Ilan Graff said Mulqueen's threats were "chilling" and he opposed bail on the grounds that Mulqueen would be a danger to the community. The defense did not seek release on bail, and Mulqueen was returned to the Rockland County Jail.
No plea was entered, but Brody said Mulqueen would plead not guilty later. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 12.