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Adam Kokesh arrested: Activist doesn't speak during arraignment

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Appearing before a judge handcuffed and in a wheelchair, libertarian activist and Internet show host Adam Kokesh refused to speak Thursday morning during an arraignment on drug and gun charges.

Adam Kokesh posted a video of himself appearing to cock a shotgun near the White House. Photo: YouTube

Kokesh was arrested late Tuesday night at his home in Herndon and charged with drug possession and having drugs while possessing a firearm. Authorities say that they found hallucinogenic mushrooms during a search of his Snowflake Court home.

The U.S. Park Police raid came less than a week after Kokesh posted a video of himself purportedly loading and cocking a shotgun in Freedom Plaza, just steps from the White House.

Appearing via teleconference in a Fairfax County court, Kokesh wouldn't answer questions nor identify himself, even after the judge repeatedly addressed him.

"Mr. Kokesh," the judge said as the defendant stared wide-eyed into the camera. He did not respond.

"I'll take your silence as your consent," the judge then said before reading the charges against him.

Kokesh being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and faces an Oct. 2 public hearing.

The 31-year-old activist, who had planned and canceled an open-carry march on Washington for Independence Day, was assigned a public defender.

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