A federal judge on Monday overturned another judge’s decision to allow a Coast Guard lieutenant to be released on bail despite being accused of plotting a mass white nationalist attack, according to the Washington Post and BuzzFeed News.
Christopher Paul Hasson is charged with illegal possession of unregistered and unmarked silencers, illegal possession of 17 firearms by an addict of controlled substances, and possession of the opioid Tramadol. Though prosecutors haven’t charged him with terrorism-related offenses, they refer to him in court filings as a “domestic terrorist.”
Hasson was arrested after investigators found a “hit list” of prominent Democrats and journalists, a stockpile of guns and an Internet history full of searches like “please god let there be a race war” and “best n***** killing gun.”
Several weeks ago, Judge Charles Day shocked the prosecutors (and apparently Hasson’s own wife) when he ruled that Hasson could be released on bail. Day’s reasoning was that the prosecutors didn’t plan on charging the Coast Guard official with terrorism.
But U.S. District Judge Jarrod Hazel felt differently, ruling that Hasson would have to stay in jail during court proceedings.