DC Judge with Activist Ties Frees Shooting Suspect Under House Arrest

Lloyd U. Nolan, Jr., a magistrate judge in the D.C. Superior Court, granted house arrest to Amonte Moody despite prosecutors' staunch objections. Moody, identified as a black male, purportedly discharged an AR-15 at around 2:19 a.m. on April 22 in the vicinity of 17th Street and Independence Avenue, SE, as per WUSA's coverage.

According to court documents cited by the news station, video of the incident was captured by at least three security cameras.

Reportedly, social media posts by Nolan, examined by Fox News, demonstrated that the judge proudly identified himself as “woke” and advocated for the Black Lives Matter movement. He also promoted a fundraiser for Gideon’s Promise, a non-profit founded by Jonathan Rapping, a professor linked to George Soros.

Gideon’s Promise provides training for public defenders across the US, offering programs to assist public defenders in providing quality legal representation to those without the means to afford attorneys.

A Ring doorbell video seen by WJLA-TV showed Moody shooting at a fence before running down a street and shooting at a departing vehicle, court documents said according to WJLA. He allegedly fired 26 times at a car with four people inside, according to the news station. There were no apparent injuries or reports of anyone in the car shooting back.

Police found 26 shell casings on the road when they responded to reports of the shooting.

Authorities also found a disassembled AR-15 stashed in the ceiling of Moody’s home, WJLA reported.

Subsequently, according to WJLA, the teenager was charged with endangerment with a firearm, possession of a weapon, and assault.

Following the judge’s decision on May 3 to release Moody under house arrest in Maryland with a GPS monitor, the U.S. Attorney for D.C.’s office filed an emergency order to overturn the judge’s decision to grant the suspect pre-trial release. The hearing for the emergency order is set for May 22.

The prosecutors said that despite the severity of this behavior, the compelling nature of the case, which includes video evidence illustrating the incident and two identifications pinpointing the defendant as the assailant, as well as the legal presumption supporting pretrial detention, the Magistrate Judge chose to release the defendant.

His Facebook profile changed to private after being confronted by a news outlet about his activism.

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