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Marine veteran involuntarily detained after Facebook posts asks Supreme Court to revive suit


RICHMOND, Virginia — A former Marine involuntarily held for psychiatric evaluation in Virginia after posting threatening anti-government messages on Facebook is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit.

Attorneys for Brandon Raub filed the petition Wednesday.

In his lawsuit, Raub claimed that a Chesterfield County mental health screener who recommended his detention violated his free-speech rights and the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson dismissed the lawsuit, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld that ruling.

Federal and local authorities investigated in 2012 after another Marine veteran contacted the FBI about Raub's increasingly ominous Facebook rants. One message said: "Sharpen my axe; I'm here to sever heads."

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