Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ind. Courts - "Samuel Bradbury defense team seeks federal bond"
Steven Porter's story today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier is subheaded: "Defense attorneys representing Samuel Bradbury are asking that bond be set in federal court, now that his parents have posted bail in Tippecanoe County — but one letter could foil their efforts."
A look back in the ILB archives reveals three earlier stories:
- A July 7, 2014 post headed "Threats v. satire in social media age" that begins: "A very long and important story today by Dave Bangert of the Lafayette Journal Courier. The nutshell subhead: "Did Samuel Bradbury write threats or satire when he threatened judges and cops and vowed to blow up the Tippecanoe County Courthouse?..."
- A July 23, 2014 post titled "Man who threatened to bomb courthouse arraigned on federal charge."
- A Dec. 16, 2014 post titled "Trial postponed in alleged Facebook threats case."
Stan and Linda Bradbury risked their Pine Village home earlier this month to bail their son out of Tippecanoe County Jail, even though they knew full well that doing so wouldn't result in his release.
They hoped, rather, that meeting local bond would encourage federal authorities to likewise set bond for their son, 23-year-old Samuel Bradbury, who remains in federal custody at Lake County Jail.
A court-appointed federal defense team followed suit last week and requested a hearing to argue that the defendant should be granted conditional release.
The request argues that the government must demonstrate there's no way to ensure public safety but to deprive a defendant of his or her liberty prior to trial.
The U.S. Attorney's Office responded in opposition Friday, however, arguing that there's "a presumption against bond for crimes of violence," including death threats.
Samuel Bradbury was arrested last June for posting a violent rant on Facebook that prosecutors allege constituted threats to kill two police officers and two judges, including Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush.
His post claimed affiliation with former Lafayette residents Jerad and Amanda Miller, who had just killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas. It boasted of an anarchist militia prepared "to purge the vile pig scum from this land and restore constitutional rights to the people."
Federal prosecutors argued in their opposition that "nothing has changed" since July 1, when a judge authorized that Samuel Bradbury be held without bond.
"The Defendant still has a history of substance abuse and mental health issues, the latter of which the Court noted weighs in favor of detention," Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Ratcliffe and Jill Koster wrote, noting that the defendant has failed to appear for court and abide by the conditions of probation in the past.
Furthermore, he still poses a threat, they argued.
"Although the thermite found during the search of Defendant's home last summer has been removed, the threat posed by his ability to make or carry out similar threats of death and destruction remains," they wrote.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 23, 2015 08:54 AM
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