Judge To Weigh Freeing Coast Guard Officer Called Terrorist

GREENBELT, Md. – A federal judge in Maryland will review an order to release a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists.

Prosecutors are urging U.S. District Judge George Hazel to revoke a magistrate’s order to free 50-year-old Christopher Hasson from custody while he awaits trial on firearms and drug charges. Hazel is scheduled to hear arguments Monday on prosecutors’ appeal.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day decided last Tuesday that Hasson can be released from custody and supervised by relatives in Virginia. But Day didn’t order Hasson’s immediate release. He gave prosecutors time to appeal.

Prosecutors have called Hasson a domestic terrorist who plotted a killing spree, but they haven’t filed any terrorism-related charges against him since his Feb. 15 arrest.

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