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Coast Guard lieutenant accused of terrorism allowed release if qualifiers met

Judge needs details on release plan to approve
Posted at 4:17 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 19:07:41-04

GREENBELT, Md. — The Coast Guard Lieutenant accused of plotting a terror attack and stockpiling weapons is still being detained.

At a hearing today, the U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Day agreed Christopher Hasson could be released based on the charges he's facing.

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Hasson was arrested back Feb. 15 on drug and weapons charges. Prosecutors said he created hit list of prominent Democrats, Supreme Court justices, and media figures, and that he researched White Nationalist who carried out terror attacks and convened with other White Nationals. Still, Hasson was not charged with terrorism-related offenses.

Day approved a release, but a heavily qualified one in which Hasson's attorneys must present acceptable conditions for his release. Day planned to order home confinement and electronic monitoring, at least.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland says Hasson remains detained pending further possible proceedings.

If Hasson’s attorney’s succeed and the judge approves the proposal, the Government intends to appeal such release to the U.S. District Judge presiding over the case, on the basis of the danger to the community posed by the defendant.

There are no other court appearance scheduled at this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.