- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former Marine involuntarily held for psychiatric evaluation in Virginia after posting threatening anti-government messages on Facebook is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit.

Attorneys for Brandon Raub filed the petition Wednesday.

In his lawsuit, Raub claimed that a Chesterfield County mental health screener who recommended his detention violated his free-speech rights and the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson dismissed the lawsuit, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld that ruling.

Federal and local authorities investigated in 2012 after another Marine veteran contacted the FBI about Raub’s increasingly ominous Facebook rants. One message said: “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide