His attorney claims Joe is no ‘national security threat’. Just a concerned citizen.
A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag was committing civil disobedience and had no plans to harm himself or others, his attorney said Sunday.
Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was carrying a binder with “a rewritten Constitution” when he scaled the fence on Thursday, prompting a lockdown while President Barack Obama celebrated Thanksgiving with his family, attorney Stephan Seeger said. Caputo was the first person to jump over the White House fence since the Secret Service installed additional metal spikes earlier this year in response to a series of security breaches.
Seeger said his client was different from previous fence jumpers, including a man who was armed with a knife and got deep inside the executive mansion before being arrested.
“He’s a young American that wanted to deliver a message of change,” Seeger said. “People have been paying so much attention to the jumping of the fence because we live in this climate of fear.”
A judge on Friday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Caputo, who is due in federal court on Monday. Seeger said his client has been diagnosed with an Asperger’s syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder, but has managed the condition well.
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