If you’ve not been following the story of the unwarranted detention of Brandon Raub, it’s a real eye opener about the power of the federal government to get involved in your social media life – and not in a good way.
Last week Brandon Raub was forcibly committed to a psychiatric facility for mental evaluation by Chesterfield (Virginia) Police, the FBI, and a local court, based solely on controversial Facebook postings, which took the form of song lyrics, political messages and virtual card games. Raub, a decorated veteran with two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, appears to be a bit of a 9/11 truther based on some of his posts. Raub fought for people’s rights to express unpopular opinions, yet when he express those same opinions the government essentially came after him Minority Report “pre-crime” style.
Thankfully a different judge has examined the record, or lack thereof, and pronounced the whole thing a steaming pile of manure.
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 expected to be released from a the hospital in Salem, Virginia Thursday afternoon.
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.
Let’s hope that this ends the ridiculous case against Raub.