Libertarian and second amendment rights activist, Kokesh pleads guilty

by Susan L Ruth, The Washington Times  |  published on November 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — During an unscheduled hearing today, Libertarian and second amendment activist Adam Kokesh made a surprise plea of guilty on charges which stemmed from an incident on the fourth of July.

On July 4, 2013, Kokesh videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza inside Washington D.C., where carrying weapons on the street is illegal. He was arrested at his home in Herndon, Virginia on July 9 where additional weapons and a small amount of marijuana were also found.

Online court records show that Kokesh accepted a plea today, just two weeks after he had pleaded not guilty to the same crimes, claiming that he was not guilty because he was exercising his constitutional rights.

Kokesh had been in a D.C. jail since his July arrest but was released today after the plea and will be sentenced on January 17, 2014.

After his initial plea of not guilty, a trial date was set for November 18 and Kokesh made the announcement that he intended to replace his attorney.

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