A Laguna Niguel man has been charged with illegal firearms possession and potentially explosive weapons. According to a press advisory issued by the Orange County district attorney's office, "Juan Jesus Martinez has been charged with one felony count each of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device, possession of a destructive device in/near private habitation, possession of a machine gun, and possession of an assault weapon." He is also charged with other crimes including domestic battery and destruction of a cell phone to prevent the reporting of a crime.
Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested Martinez on September 2 after receiving a report of domestic violence at his home. According to the Los Angeles Times report on the incident, deputies entered the home and saw a stash of explosives, guns and other weapons. The times story indicates that dozens of rifles were found in the home.
Because the story includes dramatic allegations involving explosive weapons, the public may be quick to judge Martinez. But especially in cases that involve such unusual allegations, the suspect's rights must be prioritized. Letting emotional responses and dramatic allegations color the treatment of the suspect can lead to violations of his constitutionally protected rights. This should never be tolerated.