Burns said it is important to remember that Loskarn is presumed innocent, and that ultimately, discretion is up to the judge.
Having Chuck and Laura Loskarn present to speak on his behalf likely strengthened his case for release, he said.
“Parents may be able to persuade a judge ... that he’s going to be more of a danger to himself in a jail cell than he would be in our own home,” he said. The prohibition on Internet use helps diminish his danger to others by ensuring he can’t access or transmit pornographic material.
Following the 20-minute hearing, Loskarn’s parents left the courtroom with Stuart Sears, one of the attorneys defending their son, and said they had no comment for reporters.
“Happy holidays,” Chuck Loskarn said. As they approached the exit he turned back, to add: “I do have one comment — it’s tragic. That’s about it.”
Loskarn remained in custody at the D.C. jail on Monday afternoon, pending release. A date for the grand jury trial has not yet been established, but it will likely be set for January.
Alexander had no comment on the most recent development in the case of his former chief of staff, but he has called the alleged crimes “repugnant and disturbing.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.