White House fence jumper who put Obama family Thanksgiving on lockdown is released from custody… ashis lawyer insists he had no plans to harm anyone


A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag was released from custody on Monday.Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, scaled the fence while carrying a binder bearing the words ‘a rewritten Constitution’ on Thursday.His actions prompted a lockdown of the White House grounds while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family.Caputo pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegal entry onto restricted grounds, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.Federal prosecutors agreed to Caputo’s release from custody, with restrictions.A judge ordered him to submit to electronic monitoring, live with his mother and observe an 8pm curfew.Caputo and his mother declined to comment as they left court.But his attorney, Stephan Seegar said he hoped to resolve the case without going to trial.Seeger said Caputo’s actions were a form of protest and that he had no plans to harm himself or anyone else.He went over the fence with a binder in his teeth containing a revised version of the Constitution, Seeger said.The incident was the latest in a series of embarrassing security breaches at the White House – and the firstsince the Secret Service installed metal spikes atop the structure earlier this year.



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