A white supremacist accused of fatally shooting a security guard at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is in no condition to appear in court, a federal judge ruled today. James von Brunn, 88, was shot in the face by guards who returned his fire last week and is still hospitalized. FBI officials have said he is likely to survive.
After a brief private conversation with prosecutors and the defense at a hearing today, the judge said it would not be possible for von Brunn to have an initial appearance in the next week, either at the courthouse or in his hospital room. "Obviously, he's not able to get to court," the judge said. He scheduled another hearing for next Monday to get an update.