03.27.14

Not so fast with the young ricin-maker, says another judge

Posted in Bioterrorism, Culture of Lickspittle, Ricin Kooks at 2:19 pm by George Smith

Yesterday I posted a long analysis on the case of young Danny Milzman of Georgetown U., the first ricin-maker ruled to be sent to for psychiatric treatment at a hospital, then release to his parents after two weeks. The government argued Milzman should be held without bond.

If released to Sybil Memorial Hospital in the nation’s capitol, Milzman would have been a first in the history of Americans arrested for making ricin,

No ricin-makers have ever been granted such treatment. Until this case. They are always held in jail without bail until trial, which can often take years to arrive.

Wednesday, a second judge in the Milzman case slowed the process down, kicking the can down the road until Monday:

Daniel Milzman (COL ‘16), who was charged with possession of a biological toxin last Friday, appeared before District court on Tuesday for his detention hearing. Judge John M. Facciola ordered that Milzman be sent to Sibley Memorial Hospital for a 14 day inpatient psychiatric program.

On Wednesday, following a government appeal of Facciola’s decision, Chief Judge W. Roberts postponed the decision on whether to release Milzman to the inpatient program until next Monday.

Milzman is being held in solitary confinement under suicide watch.

He is not the first ricin-maker to have been judged depressed and potentially suicidal.

In 2011, Jeffrey Levenderis of Ohio was arrested for having ricin.

From yesterday’s analysis, an excerpt from wire news on the story:

Ricin suspect Jeff Boyd Levenderis will continue to be held on suicide watch in Summit County jail at least until a Feb. 15 federal court hearing when his lawyer will resume trying to get him released on bond.

Before his arrest last week, Levenderis was staying in a Tallmadge nursing home where his attorney said he was being treated for mental illness and a thyroid condition …

[His lawyer] said Levenderis’ suicide watch includes being held naked in a cell under constant watch from deputies.

Levenderis’ defense argued his health could deteriorate if he were maintained under such conditions. Nevertheless, a judge ruled that Levenderis could not be released.

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