Judge Sets Hearing On Ohio Terrorism Suspect’s Phone Access

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A federal judge will hear arguments on the government’s request that she restrict phone access for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.

Prosecutors filed their motion last week in the case of Christopher Lee Cornell, in the aftermath of his surprise call from jail to Cincinnati’s WXIX-TV. The 20-year-old suburban Cincinnati man who has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case was recorded saying if he hadn’t been arrested, he would have gone to Washington and shot President Barack Obama in the head and carried out other violence.

Prosecutors say allowing phone access to a self-proclaimed supporter of Islamic State militants raises security concerns.

Judge Sandra Beckwith has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on the motion. Court records don’t show a defense attorney response yet.