Members of Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk’s office have filed a motion to revoke the bond for left-wing activist Justin Jones, according to an official with the Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office.
This, as Jones is out on bond for allegedly disrupting a Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate rally in Nashville last October. As The Tennessee Star reported last week, authorities arrested Jones last Thursday after he allegedly threw a drink at Tennessee Speaker of the House Glen Casada at the state capitol.
Jones goes by his full name, Justin Bautista-Jones, in his arrest docket, said Nicholas Kiefer, courts director for state trial courts.
Someone in Funk’s office filed the motion to revoke Jones’ bond late Monday, Kiefer said.
“Basically, at this point, until a judge has a hearing on it, nothing [will happen],” Kiefer said.
“What will happen is either on his [Jones’] next court date, or, if the parties decide to set a court date that is sooner, the court will hear arguments related to that motion from the state and from the defense and then the court will issue whatever ruling it deems fit.”
Jones’ next court appearance from his arrest last fall — a preliminary hearing — was scheduled for March 22nd, Kiefer said.
“It looks like at the very least the district attorney has asked that it be put on the docket sooner than his expected court date of the 22nd,” Kiefer said
“There is a possibility he will get a court date a little quicker than that. On the Certificate of Service the state asked for it to be set on the 8th, but the court has not put it on that court date yet, so I don’t know if the judge will accept that.”
General Sessions Court Judge Dianne Turner was originally scheduled to hear Jones’ case, but that may change if court officials move the case up to the 8th, this coming Friday, Kiefer said.
As The Star reported, authorities last week banned Jones from entering the Tennessee capitol in Nashville, after he allegedly threw a beverage – possibly coffee, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol – on Casada and State Rep. Debra Moody, R-Covington.
THP officers took Jones into custody immediately after Thursday’s alleged incident.
The ban, however, is apparently not permanent, at least not until Jones’ case is resolved.
Court officials ordered Jones to have no contact with Casada or with the other legislator Jones allegedly assaulted.
Jones must also stay away from the state capitol building and the Cordell Hull State Office Building, where many legislators have offices, according to court documents.
Jones, on his Facebook page, said he wants Tennessee officials to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol.
On his Twitter page Sunday, Jones seemed to compare himself to a Boston Tea Party protestor.
“I find it ironic that the same people who celebrate and take their own movement’s name sake [‘Tea Party’] from white people rioting & throwing tea as an act of ‘revolution’ are now overplaying an incident of a cup of iced tea in an elevator. Tell the truth,” Jones wrote.
Moody, who said the alleged attack left her jacket “soaking wet” told The Star that whatever Jones allegedly hurled at her and Casada was “a hot liquid.”