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Charges dismissed in DA threats case

October 28. 2013 6:22PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A visiting judge from Wayne County has dismissed charges against a Hazleton man who was accused of making threats against Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.

Sean Donahue, 44, of Cleveland Street, was facing a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats and a summary charge of harassment in connection with a 2012 letter in which he wrote about injustices by Hazleton Career Link and Hazleton police he allegedly endured. Donahue claimed he was being ignored over complaints made as a result of being “threatened” by city police and Career Link workers.

Defense attorney Ryan M. Paddick argued that the letter was protected free speech as “there were neither threats to commit crimes, nor to commit crimes of violence.”

A Wednesday order by Wayne County Senior Judge Robert J. Conway, filed in county court on Monday, granted Donahue’s position to dismiss the charges.

The Commonwealth will have 30 days to appeal, if prosecutors choose.

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