BLM Cortez Rice denied bail after showing up at Trial judge’s apartment!

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The trial judge noted that Rice had previously violated his probation by leaving the state without permission when arrested in Wisconsin. 

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A Minnesota Black Lives Matter protester has been charged with trying to intimidate the judge overseeing Daunte Wright’s manslaughter case after he posted live video outside her apartment door.

Previously posed as a nephew of George Floyd, Cortez Rice was among a group shouting for “justice” a month ago outside a Loring Park high-rise condo where they believed judge Regina Chu lived.

In an interview last month, Cortez admitted that he then got inside the building and filmed himself inside the hallways and at the front door of the apartment that he believed belonged to the judge.

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In the video create he stated he was “waiting for the gang to get up here.”

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As the jury deliberates the fate of former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, a Black Lives Matter protester accused of threatening the judge overseeing the high-profile case over Daunte Wright’s killing, was ordered held without bail Monday after he was deemed a flight risk.

Cortez Rice, 32, wearing an orange jail uniform, made his second court appearance during an hour-long virtual hearing where his lawyer argued for bail after being denied bond earlier this month for allegedly violating his probation for a third time following a 2017 conviction for felony possession of a firearm.

Among others, Rice’s latest charge of felony harassment stems from Rice’s actions on Nov. 6 when he allegedly live-streamed himself inside a downtown Minneapolis condominium where he believed Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu lived. Chu had previously barred cameras from the courtroom where Potter’s trial was held, prompting Rice to allegedly make threatening remarks towards her and demand she reverse her order.

A few days later, Judge Chu said her decision was made before the incident at her home. “The Court’s decision most emphatically is not a reflexive response to recent protests at the presiding judge’s home,” Chu wrote.

During Monday’s Zoom proceeding, Minneapolis civil rights attorney Jordan Kushner painted Rice as a community activist who volunteers to feed and clothe the homeless and works as a carpenter. 

Attorney Kushner further argued against the merit of the charges against his client, saying the First Amendment protected his actions. Along with offering the possibility of having Rice wear a GPS monitor that would not allow him to leave his home beyond a few feet.

Prosecutor Michael Radmer noted that one of Rice’s alleged probation violations included leaving the state without permission. Kushner said Rice was headed to a last-minute memorial in Kentucky and could not contact his probation officer when he was arrested in Wisconsin.

According to the ruling, the bail hold will stay until the resolution of the probation violation.

During the Dec. 7 hearing, Judge Bill Koch set bail at $20,000 for Rice on the felony harassment charge related to the incident at Chu’s home. 

A probable-cause hearing related to the new charges is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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