The president of a Charlottesville group formed to protect civil liberties promised Wednesday that a federal suit challenging the involuntary commitment of a Marine veteran will move forward.
U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson earlier Wednesday entered an order that narrows to a single person the defendants who had been named in a suit brought by The Rutherford Institute on behalf of Brandon Raub, a Marine Corps veteran and Chesterfield County resident.
The suit filed earlier this year originally had designated more than a dozen defendants, named and unnamed, who played a role in locating Raub, taking him into custody and subjecting him to a psychiatric evaluation at a Hopewell hospital.
Raub, then 26, was then ordered transferred to a veterans facility in Salem where he was to undergo up to 30 days of involuntary treatment.
“The case is not at an end and The Rutherford Institute and its affiliate attorneys will continue to seek to vindicate Raub’s constitutional rights,” Rutherford president John W. Whitehead said in a statement released Wednesday.
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