A circuit court judge has ordered that the Marine veteran detained over anti-government Facebook posts be released from a state psychiatric hospital because law enforcement had no grounds to detain him.
“This is a great victory for the First Amendment and the rule of law,” Rutherford Institute president John W. Whitehead said in a press release.
Brandon Raub’s attorneys filed a motion to suspend the August 20 ruling that ordered Raub to be involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric ward.
On August 20 the 26-year-old Marine veteran was sentenced to up to 30 days in a psych ward after he was detained on August 16 in connection to Facebook posts that are critical of the official story regarding 9/11 and refer to “starting a revolution.”
Raub’s lead attorney, John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, told Business Insider that the August 20 order was “rubber-stamped” and indicative of the corrupt system in Virginia. “The special justice is very old,” Whitehead said. “He had trouble hearing Brandon. He brought into the courtroom a personal cassette player — we tried to listen to it and you can hardly hear what’s being said. This is the so-called judge — he’s a lawyer, not a real judge — it’s like what you would see in a bad movie.”
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