20-year-old Lucas Gerhard, who faces up to 20 years in prison for posting a picture of his rifle on social media, was denied his motion to dismiss charges on June 11 in a Chippewa County court in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The prosecutor made the argument that because Gerhard posted a picture of his rifle along with a comment regarding how the firearm would offend campus snowflakes on Snapchat, this was adequate to proceed with terror charges and a jury trial.
H/T: Big League Politics
“My opinion is that the judge had no choice but to take the safe approach, as many of the unorthodox and contextually misleading arguments that the prosecution introduced were simply bells that could not be unrung at that point,” said Gerhard’s father, Mark, a retired Marine Colonel, to Big League Politics.
Lucas spent 83 days in jail, his dad said.— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) February 11, 2020
Here’s a print out of the photo Lucas posted on Snapchat.
Lucas is scheduled to go to trial in Chippewa County on March 18. pic.twitter.com/CISv4lSlWz
Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Township, is sponsoring legislation seen here to change the laws surrounding what he says went wrong in Lucas’ case.— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) February 11, 2020
His bill calls for changes in the definition of a terrorist threat, among others. pic.twitter.com/ZJcZfcXliu
HAPPENING NOW:— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) February 11, 2020
Retired Marine Col. Mark Gerhard is talking about his son, 20 y/o LSSU student Lucas Gerhard.
Lucas is facing trial on making a false report or threat of terrorism charges after posting a photo of his AR-15 with a caption of “this outta make the snowflakes melt.” pic.twitter.com/x8k2MXKyTi
Lake Superior State University student Lucas Gerhard is facing terrorism charges after he posting picture with his new AR-15 on Snapchat with a taunting message for “snowflakes.”https://t.co/s1g73NL3K4 pic.twitter.com/MrpHuAAzS7— Benjamin Young Savage (ᐱᓐᒋᐱᓐ) (@benjancewicz) March 20, 2020
Court Blocks Media Coverage at Michigan Hearing for Young College Man, Lucas Gerhard, Charged with Terrorism for Posting Rifle Picture... DoG https://t.co/LMEvvvWLN6— Dog (@u2biker) June 12, 2020
Lucas Gerhard is facing charges because a fellow college student got triggered because he posted a picture on social media with a rifle. The far-left prosecutor is using COVID-19 to delay hearings to bankrupt the family. If you can, donate to help.https://t.co/eqKtCpkHL5— Wrongthink Radio (@wrongthinkradio) June 29, 2020