Aug 23, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted The Richmond Times-Dispatch: from A judge today ordered the release of a Marine Corps veteran being detained as a psychiatric patient after concerns over his Facebook postings.
After an hourlong hearing, Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett said an involuntary commitment petition issued against Brandon J. Raub was invalid because it contained no allegation or basis to holding him.
“The petition is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy,” said the release order signed by the judge and sought by lawyers Anthony F. Troy and Brian D. Fowler.
Sharrett said that he was shocked by the failure of a magistrate to not include in the order any grounds for holding Raub, a Chesterfield resident who was transferred from John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell to the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Cathleen Thomas, Raub’s mother, said after the hearing that as soon as an order is entered by the court, she will head to Salem to get her son.
“This is phenomenal.” she said. “This could have happened to anyone. We’re not about allowing wrongs like this to take place.