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Federal Judge Releases Columbus Man Accused Of Tweet Threats
A Columbus man accused of posting Twitter threats against President Barack Obama has been released from federal custody while he awaits trial.
U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Deavers Tuesday ruled that the government failed to present “clear and convincing” evidence to hold 36 year old Daniel Temple. Judge Deavers says Temple does not pose a specific threat to any person nor to the community. She ordered him released to the custody of his parents with the stipulation that he get a psychiatric assessment. Testimony during his custody hearing indicated Temple experienced hallucinations in the past
The Secret Service accuses Temple of posting threatening tweets last month, including threats to kill the president. The posts on Twitter included the president’s name and phrases such as
“.. coming to kill you,” and “….killing you soon.”
Assistant U.S. attorney, Michael Hunter, characterized Temple’s posts as “explosive, direct threats” that required federal detention. Public defender Gordon Hobson countered saying Temple has no history of violent behavior nor is there any evidence of planning to carry out the threats. Hobson says his client regrets his tweets against the president.
Temple was hand-cuffed and shackled in the courtroom. He was unshaven and had sideburns to the bottom of his earlobes. His eyes cast down during most of the hearing. When asked by Judge Deavers whether he had any questions about the conditions of his release, Temple said: “No.”
A trial date for Temple is pending.