Former Marine Brandon Raub is free.
Raub had been held against his will at the John Randolph Medical Center since he was detained by the FBI, Secret Service and Chesterfield County (VA.) Police. Today, circuit court Judge Allan Sharrett dismissed the government’s case against Raub.
Judge Sharrett dismissed the government’s petition on the grounds that it “is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.”
“This is a great victory for the First Amendment and the rule of law,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brandon Raub was arrested with no warning, targeted for doing nothing more than speaking out against the government, detained against his will, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys. These are the kinds of things that take place in totalitarian societies. Today, at least, Judge Allan Sharrett proved that justice can still prevail in America.”
On August 20th, in a hearing before special justice Walter Douglas Stokes , government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration. Stokes’ decision was to sentence the former Marine to 30 days confinement in a psychiatric ward and also signed a court order for Raub’s involuntary admission to the Veterans Hospital in Salem.
After today’s hearing, Brandon Raub is expected to be immediately released.