Thursday, August 23, 2012

Raub freed by Judge

HOPEWELL, Va. (WTVR) – A Hopewell circuit court judge has ordered that a Marine veteran detained over anti-government Facebook posts be released from a psychiatric hospital.
CBS 6 News’ Catie Beck said the Judge Allan Sharrett dismissed the case Thursday against Brandon Raub. The judge said the original petition for Raub’s detention contained no facts. In other words, there was no information on why Raub was being held — and the judge deemed this violated his civil liberties.
As a result, the judge ruled the government had no grounds to hold Raub.
Beck said the judge is in the process of writing an order for Raub’s release. He is has been released from the hospital in Salem, Virginia Thursday afternoon and is headed home to Chesterfield.
The decorated U.S. Marine veteran was questioned by FBI agents about his Facebook postings and then hauled away from his Chesterfield County home in handcuffs last Thursday.
CBS 6 checked his criminal history and found it to be clean. And Brandon Raub’s mother told CBS 6 News’ Mark Holmberg that her son he had no mental health history. [READ MORE: Mother of detained Marine vet says he’s a patriot, not a threat]
“He never was violent or psychotic or anything like that,” Cathleen Thomas told CBS 6. “There were just conversations we had back and forth, very deep.”


Erinyes said...

Score 1 for our Fourth Amendment rights. I hope Raub sues the shit out of the Feds and Chesterfield PD.

Anonymous said...

Great News. I hope he has some legal recourse for the BS detainment. Civil rights violation.

hiswiserangel said...

Bless him and his family, but at least this has set a precedent for future cases. And you KNOW there will be future cases...

Stu said...

Let the lawsuits begin, 1983, and in personal capacity both.

RegT said...

I just read the full text of Raub's "proclamation". Christ, I've posted stuff a hell of a lot stronger than that on my blog and as comments on other blogs. I don't do Facebook, though. Maybe that is why I haven't been attacked by the cops and Feds yet. Or maybe it is because I was never in combat in the military.

Along with the attention they are paying to Facebook, I believe the Feds are paying special attention to younger vets, vets coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan who have been in combat. They seem to fear them more than some of us older vets. I hope they keep that attitude if/when they come through my door. It will make it easier to pay Charon his toll.

Glenn B said...

Good for him.

I have always wondered, why some in LE, seem to insist on arresting guys like this when the fact of the matter is there have been and are more than ebough real criminals to go around.

Maybe there is more to it than meets the eye, if not then he should get a high priced lawyer and sue, sue, sue.

Stinkwilly said...

I think I would go back on the wewb site and REALLY start bad mouthing those fucking hotdog motherfuckers. I bet most of them had their badges on a chain around their necks. That's cool ya know.
Also makes a good target too.