Adam Kokesh Handcuffed, Silent In Court; Ordered Held Without Bond
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — An outspoken gun advocate from Virginia facing drug and firearms charges refused to speak while being arraigned Thursday morning and will remain in jail.
Adam Kokesh, 31, was wheelchair-bound and handcuffed when he refused to respond to questions or identify himself during the hearing at the Fairfax County Courthouse according to media reports.
The presiding judge told Kokesh he would take his silence as consent according to WUSA9 reporter Delia Gonçalves.
The libertarian is charged with possession of Schedule I and II drugs as well as possessing drugs while in possession of a firearm following a police raid at his Herndon home Tuesday night.
Kokesh is being held without bond as ordered by the judge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 2.
The raid on his home, led by U.S. Park Police, stemmed from a video he posted online of himself loading a shotgun on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.
Possession of Schedule I and II drugs in Virginia is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $2,500 fine.
It is unclear whether federal authorities in Washington will charge Kokesh in connection to the gun loading video. Carrying a loaded firearm in the District is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The U.S. Park Police is handling that portion of the investigation.
Kokesh is a former Marine who planned an armed march in the District on Independence Day. More than 2,500 people RSVP’d to attend the event on Facebook.
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