UPDATE: Brandon Raub to be transferred to Salem psych ward

Posted at 6:47 AM, Aug 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-22 18:50:10-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) — Former Marine Brandon Raub will be transferred to the Veterans Hospital in Salem, Virginia according to the Rutherford Institute. A motion to stop his transfer was denied.

Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a Notice of Appeal in the General District Court of the City of Hopewell.

Raub was first held at the John Randolph Psychiatric Medical Hospital in Hopewell.

He has been held against his will since his arrest on August 16th by FBI agents.

The Rutherford Institute argues that Raub’s arrest was was improper and unlawful. However, federal agents contend that Facebook posts made by Raub were “terrorist in nature.”

From the Rutherford Institute:

“In a hearing before Special Justice Walter Douglass Stokes on August 20, government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration.

Ignoring Raub’s explanations about the fact that the FB posts were being read out of context and his attorney’s First Amendment defense, Stokes sentenced the former Marine to up to 30 days’ further confinement in a psychiatric ward and signed a court order for Raub’s involuntary admission to the Veterans Hospital in Salem.

Anthony Troy and Brian Fowler, attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP, are assisting The Rutherford Institute in Raub’s defense.”