Va Judge to Order Release of Detained Veteran

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A civil liberties group says a former Marine detained for psychiatric evaluation after posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook is being set free by a Virginia judge.

The Rutherford Institute says the Hopewell Circuit Court judge Thursday said the involuntary commitment order issued against Brandon Raub was invalid because it contained no allegation or basis to hold him. The judge was drafting the order and Raub was expected to be picked up from the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center later Thursday.

The 26-year-old was taken into custody last week after Chesterfield County police and federal authorities questioned him about his Facebook posts. He was not charged with any crime.

Raub was held over the weekend at a Hopewell hospital and a different judge ordered him detained for an additional month.


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