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Kokesh Denied Bond On D.C. Gun Charge

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In a video taken on July 4, Kokesh is seen loading a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza.
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In a video taken on July 4, Kokesh is seen loading a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza.

Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh won't be seeing the outside of a prison cell just yet. On Monday D.C. Judge Frederick Sullivan refused to grant Kokesh bond, calling him a "very dangerous man" who posed a flight risk.

Kokesh appeared in court to face charges that he had broken D.C. law by possessing and loading a shotgun during a videotaped protest on July 4. At that protest, Kokesh called on supporters to join him in an armed march on Washington on Independence Day 2014 as part of what he termed the "final American Revolution."

In the wake of the video's airing, police raided Kokesh's Herndon home, where they found multiple guns and illegal drugs. He was held in a Fairfax jail until late last week, when supporters raised the $5,000 needed to post bond. He was quickly re-arrested and brought to D.C.

Kokesh's defense attorney Peter Cooper alluded that U.S. Park Police couldn't prove that the YouTube video was real, nor that the shotgun shells confiscated at his Virginia home were the ones on the video. Cooper said Kokesh was engaging in political theatre.

In a July interview with Fox 5, though, Kokesh said on camera that the shotgun and shells were both real. In the video, he called the illegal acts "civil disobedience."

Sullivan ruled that there was more than probable cause to continue the case. The next hearing is on August 13.

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