- Associated Press - Monday, September 23, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Florida man charged with cyberstalking black activist seeking to run for office (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

A federal magistrate is ordering a white Florida man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia to remain in custody.

Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson on Monday ordered Daniel McMahon to continue in confinement, saying his mental instability raised concerns that he would be a threat to the community.

Wilson made his decision during a hearing in Tampa.



The judge says McMahon’s cheering on of mass shooters, such as ones in Pittsburgh and Charleston, worried him.

But McMahon’s defense attorney argued that McMahon’s diatribes were only political speech. Attorney Nicholas Matassini said those words were protected by law, as distasteful as they may be.

A federal prosecutor, Carlton Gammons, said that making threats of violence against another person wasn’t free speech.

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1:15 a.m.

A Florida man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist seeking to run for office in Virginia is asking to be released on bond, saying he is no flight risk.

Daniel McMahon was scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Monday before a magistrate judge in federal court in Tampa.

He is asking to be released on $50,000 bond or house arrest at his parents’ house. He says he needs to help care for his elderly mother.

An indictment unsealed last week in Virginia says McMahon expressed white supremacist views on his social media accounts.

The indictment says McMahon used his social media accounts to intimidate the activist and interfere with his campaign to run for a seat on the Charlottesville, Virginia, city council.

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