Conviction for threats to city officials reversed

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Updated: 4/18/2014 9:16 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has overturned the conviction of a man for threatening two top North Las Vegas officials after his car was repossessed.

The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a new trial for Eric Christian, who was found guilty of sending threatening emails to then-Police Chief Joseph Forti and then-city Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Davidson.

Christian argued U.S. District Judge James Mahan was wrong in not allowing him to call psychologist Charles Colosimo to testify about Christian's mental capacity.

Colosimo evaluated Christian in an unrelated case and found him not competent to stand trial.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the federal court panel concluded Colosimo's prior diagnosis "would have been relevant ... to the jury in evaluating Christian's diminished capacity."

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