Accused domestic terror plotter Christopher Hasson will not be released from jail ahead of his trial, a Maryland federal judge ruled Monday, vacating the order of another judge who had said last month that Hasson’s continued detention was inappropriate.
Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant who prosecutors say was a white supremacist that planned to commit a “mass casualty event,” has pleaded not guilty to weapons and drug violations, but does not face any charges related to terrorism or attempted murder, which his public defender argued made his detention unlawful.
Last month, a magistrate judge ordered Hasson released and agreed to a plan that would have seen Hasson live with his father-in-law in Virginia under GPS monitoring through his trial.
NBC News reports:
Hasson is a self-described white nationalist who espoused extremist views for years and “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom wrote in a previous court filing.
Prosecutors said Hasson compiled what appeared to be a computer-spreadsheet hit list that included Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Also mentioned were such figures as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones.
Prosecutors also say Hasson targeted two Supreme Court justices and two social media company executives and searched online for their home addresses in March 2018, within minutes before and after searching firearm sales websites.