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Lawyers for Quintez Brown, the suspect released from prison by a BLM-backed bail fund after allegedly attempting to murder a Louisville, Kentucky, mayoral candidate, asked a judge to unseal a new federal indictment last week was dismissed, arguing that prosecutors had wrongly subpoenaed Brown’s psychiatric health records.
The filing says federal prosecutors issued a subpoena for 21-year-old Brown’s mental health records on March 22, but Brown only found out during his most recent federal indictment on March 8.
Brown’s defense attorneys argue the government failed to notify Brown of the subpoena and warned that the recipient should not inform anyone that the information was requested because “such disclosure could hamper investigations” and “thereby hamper enforcement of the law.”
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Assistant US Attorney Amanda E. Gregory of the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky requested the mental health records, and the subpoena says the information should be turned over to FBI Agent Jordan Matteo. It is unclear whether the motion to dismiss the charges will carry any weight.
Brown’s attorney Rob Eggert has called the new federal indictment “racially and politically motivated” and claimed US prosecutors “ran away from the case” when Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was killed, and now accuses Brown of being a black man insane for committing a crime against a white mayoral candidate “at the instigation of” Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Brown, a civil rights activist and former newspaper intern and columnist, is accused of breaking into the campaign headquarters of Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg in Louisville on Valentine’s Day and opening fire in an attempt to take the candidate’s life. No one was injured, but bullets grazed Greenberg’s sweater. Police arrested Brown 10 minutes later and allegedly found a 9mm magazine in his pocket.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) Louisville paid $100,000 to cover his bail and Brown was released for home detention with an ankle monitor two days after the shooting. In April, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Brown on counts of attempted murder and four counts of malicious endangerment because several of Greenberg’s associates were in the vicinity at the time of the shooting.
Federal authorities arrested Brown again last week. A new federal indictment released April 7 alleges Brown encroached on a federally protected right and used and surrendered a firearm in connection with a violent crime by shooting a candidate for elective office and attempting to to kill him. Brown appeared for the first time in federal court on April 7 before US Judge Colin H. Lindsay.
Greenberg is Jewish, and although the Louisville Courier-Journal previously reported that a federal grand jury was considering the hate crime charges, those charges were not listed in the federal indictment.
McConnell, in an interview on NewsRadio 840 WHAS, called the claim that he had any influence over federal prosecutors “pretty ridiculous.”
“It’s quite creative, but not very convincing,” he said.
Days before the shooting, Brown attended a recruitment event for the Louisville chapter of the Lion of Judah, but the Minneapolis-based organization’s national president previously told Fox News Digital that Brown had never joined and was not a member.
Lion of Judah national president Nasiy Nasir X also denied in a phone interview with Fox News Digital in February that the organization was in any way connected to the Black Hebrew Israelite (BWI) movement, which the Anti-Defamation League called “a religious fringe movement that rejects widely accepted definitions of Judaism and claims that people of color are the true children of Israel.
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Brown previously appeared in a 2018 TV segment with MSNBC host Joy Reid, covering a gun control protest in Washington, DC. He has championed socialism in previous writings and was selected as an MLK scholar to the University of Louisville, California to visit to meet former President Barack Obama. His family reported him missing last summer, but he was later found safe.