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Pete Santilli's Detention Hearing Set For Monday


Pete Santilli, an Internet radio host and strong advocate of the armed occupation near Burns, Oregon, led a demonstration outside the FBI's makeshift headquarters there.

Pete Santilli, an Internet radio host and strong advocate of the armed occupation near Burns, Oregon, led a demonstration outside the FBI's makeshift headquarters there.

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A judge is set to hear arguments Monday about whether one of the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge should be released from jail.

Pete Santilli is currently being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

He’ll argue again for his pre-trial release, this time before Judge Anna Brown. Santilli’s two previous attempts were denied.

But his attorney, Tom Coan, argues Santilli is an independent journalist and said in court he has new information to support his client’s release. Earlier this month, the ACLU of Oregon made a statement publicly supporting Santilli’s rights to free speech.

Santilli is the host of his eponymous Internet radio show. He broadcasted hundreds of hours of the occupation from Harney County.

He was arrested Jan. 26 outside a makeshift FBI headquarters near Burns, Oregon.

Santilli is facing federal conspiracy charges in Oregon as well as felony charges in Nevada related to a 2014 armed standoff between ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management.

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