Judge explains bail denial for alleged ricin plotters

The federal judge who denied bond for the four elderly Georgia men accused of plotting attacks using the bioterror agent ricin said that there was no other way to keep the community safe.

U.S. Magistrate Susan Cole said in written order that, though the men may be elderly and somewhat infirm, they were still capable of carrying out an attack and may feel they have little to lose by doing so, according to the Washington Post.

Cole denied the bond request previously, but used a 28 page order to elaborate on her decision. She came to the conclusion that there was ample evidence to continue to hold them in federal custody while they await trial and could find no conditions of release that could ensure that they committed no violent acts.

Defense attorneys for the four men said that they planned to appeal the judge’s decision and that the four men were never going to go through with their far-fetched and boastful plot. They said the federal charges accusing them of using a biological toxin against federal employees were overblown.

Frederick Thomas and Dan Roberts are accused of conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer. Ray Adams and Samuel Crump are charged with conspiring and attempting to make the poison ricin, according to the Washington Post.

The four men were arrested after seven months of investigation and surveillance. The men allegedly boasted that they had a list of officials in mind who needed to be eliminated.