The Latest: No immediate release for Coast Guard officer
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a detention hearing for a Coast Guard officer accused by federal prosecutors of being a domestic terrorist (all times local):
A federal magistrate judge has declined to immediately release a Coast Guard lieutenant while he awaits trial on charges of of stockpiling firearms and drafting a hit list of prominent Democrats and journalists.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day stopped short of ordering 50-year-old Christopher Hasson’s immediate release after a hearing Tuesday in Greenbelt, Maryland. The magistrate is giving prosecutors time to appeal his decision to a district court judge.
Day said Hasson must be subject to 24-hour home detention at one of two Virginia homes: either his mother-in-law’s rental home or a house owned by his father-in-law. The magistrate also agreed to using global positioning equipment to monitor Hasson.
Court officials in Virginia must inspect the two homes and set up the monitoring equipment before Hasson can be released.
Prosecutors have described Hasson as a domestic terrorist and racist extremist intent on carrying out a killing spree. But Day noted prosecutors haven’t brought any terrorism-related charges against Hasson since his arrest in February on firearms and drug offenses.
A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of drafting a hit list of prominent Democrats and journalists is getting a hearing on the conditions of his possible release from federal custody.
A defense attorney has proposed several pretrial release options for U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day to consider during Tuesday’s detention hearing in Maryland for 50-year-old Christopher Hasson.
Day said during a hearing last month that Hasson is entitled to be freed pending trial on firearms and drug charges. But the magistrate didn’t immediately order Hasson’s release.
Federal prosecutors oppose Hasson’s release under any conditions and plan to appeal if Day does order him freed.
Prosecutors have said Hasson is a self-described white nationalist who espoused extremist views for years and “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”