Local activist and Internet radio host Adam Kokesh, 31, may find himself at the mercy of the D.C. courts yet again. However this time it could be in his favor. After a July 4th stunt, in which Kokesh was filmed loading a 12-gauge shotgun within the confines of Freedom Plaza, he has found himself in jail awaiting trial without bail. However, according to a report from the Washington Times, a D.C. judge has recently expressed interest in releasing him.
Kokesh was arrested on July 25th in his Herndon home after the act of defiance and has sat in jail since. The reasoning behind the long term imprisonment without bail has mainly been due to fears that Kokesh's lack of a permanent address could make it impossible to locate him after release. An argument that the defense claims, is largely falsified.
Defense Attorney Peter Cooper made the motion to Judge Patricia A. Broderick Tuesday for intensive supervision of his client under the condition of his release from jail. Even expressing Kokesh’s willingness to avoid the District altogether if he was to be released. Broderick has since given a written version of the motion to the U.S. Attorney’s office for review.
Kokesh is facing a plethora of charges aside from violating the Districts strict gun laws. Among the firearm that made an appearance in the Independence Day video, the raid on his home produced undisclosed amounts of drug paraphernalia, and numerous guns. All guns are legally owned, but prosecutors have made claims that serial numbers on one gun may have intentionally been removed.
The trial date is set to take place on Oct. 24; however prosecutors also disclosed they are currently working on a plea deal for the trial.