BREAKING: Case Dismissed Against Brandon Raub

This post was originally authored by Nate Cox over at Virginia Cop Block. Props to him and others on the ground for getting more eyes on this situation. Their timely updates undoubtedly helped bring about this favorable conclusion and underscored the impact that us good folks can have when we stand together against injustice. -Pete

Thursday afternoon several dozen supporters of Marine Veteran Brandon Raub gathered around the Hopewell Circuit Court for a hearing that was scheduled at 11:30. This was an emergency hearing that included several appeals and motions. Tony Troy, whom represented Brandon Raub which was not present because of his UNLAWFUL detainment in a Salem County, Virginia Hospital conducted an excellent defense in which he was successful.

In a statement released by The Rutherford Institute, an institution dedicated to CHAMPIONING individuals’ rights said this in a statement:

“This is a great victory for the First Amendment and the rule of law,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brandon Raub was arrested with no warning, targeted for doing nothing more than speaking out against the government, detained against his will, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys. These are the kinds of things that take place in totalitarian societies. Today, at least, Judge Allan Sharrett proved that justice can still prevail in America.” To read more of their write up visit here

Virginia Cop Block is hoping to get the audio file from this proceedings. If we are able to obtain it we’ll publish it on our YouTube Channel. Judge Allan Sharrett acknowledges that the paperwork turned in by either the F.B.I or the Chesterfield Police Department had “No Allegations against him”. Judge Sharrett went on to say Raub suffered a “deprivation of his liberty” by being held without a clear claim. Below are videos of His family giving a statement, as well as his attorney’s and others (In Chronological order).

Unidentified Attorney Comments on Judge’s decision immediately after getting out of the building:

Brandon Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas speaks to the media about the case being dismissed:

Brandon Raub’s Attorney, Tony Troy speaks to the media:

For background on this incident check out these posts from Virginia Cop Block:

Aug. 21st The Rutherford Institute: District Court Refuses to Stop Transfer of Marine Brandon Raub to Salem Psych Ward, 3 Hrs. Away, for Posting Political Views, Song Lyrics to Facebook

Aug. 21st  Adam Kokesh EXCLUSIVE Interview with Brandon Raub from Psyche Ward


Aug. 17th Veteran Kidnapped by FBI and Secret Service Over Facebook Post

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.