Federal Judge Michael Putnam denied bond for Jarvis Britton late this afternoon not because he views him as a threat to the public; in fact, he says in his opinion he doesn't think Britton has the ability to carry out his alleged threats.
Instead, he's denying bond because of what he says Britton has done in the past.
Britton is the 25-year-old Birmingham man accused of threatening President Barack Obama through Twitter.
In his ruling issued today, Judge Putnam says Britton has a history of alcohol and marijuana abuse, and a criminal history involving carrying concealed brass knuckles and a slingshot at a local mall.
Judge Putnam says in July and August of last year, Britton was told by a municipal court to stop communicating with a victim of harassing communications, but when he continued texting the victim, Britton was put in Trussville's jail for 30 days.
Putnam says Britton hit his head against the wall, threw food, and destroyed a wheelchair he was shackled to while he was in jail.
[PDF: Jarvis Britton detention ruling (5 pages)]
The judge goes on to say Britton was put on suicide watch after being arrested this week and took his so-called suicide suit and wrapped it around his neck in an apparent suicide gesture, until he was medicated and calmed down.
Putnam says a pyschological evaluation says Britton isn't psychotic, but is acting out on purpose, and that makes the judge think the 25-year old defendant wouldn't obey any instructions if he was released.
So Britton will stay in jail at least until his arraignment, which is scheduled for Oct. 16.
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