Kokesh Denied Bond On D.C. Gun Charge | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Kokesh Denied Bond On D.C. Gun Charge

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

NPR

From SCOTUS To The Confederate Flag, Cable Comedians Keep Tabs On The News

Critic David Bianculli says the commentary, questioning and ridicule of Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher help keep news outlets — and newsmakers — honest.
NPR

Survey Forecasts A Banner Year For Atlantic Sea Scallops

Federal fisheries researchers says their survey found about 10 billion scallops in waters off Delaware and southern New Jersey. They're predicting a boom for the nation's most valuable fishery.
NPR

13 Emails That Stood Out From The Latest Clinton Document Dump

The thousands of new emails don't reveal a "smoking gun" from the Democratic presidential candidate's time at State, but do give more insight into her daily activities--and some funny daily struggles.
NPR

Somebody Is Cutting Internet Cables In California

There have been at least 11 attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area since a year ago, according to the FBI. The most recent occurred Tuesday and disrupted service as far north as Seattle.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.