Last Wednesday, a Massachusetts superior court judge deemed Girard too dangerous to be released and ordered him held until his probable cause hearing on March 15. According to police reports, Girard recently told his wife: "It's fine to shoot people in the head because traitors deserve it," and "Don't talk to people, shoot them instead." (His wife reported concerns about his increasingly paranoid behavior to authorities the day before he was arrested.) For Girard, those "traitors" may have included most members of Congress; news blog TPM Muckraker notes that Girard has been an active poster in far-right Internet forums for the past month.
In 2007, Girard's patent was the basis of an infringement suit that his holding company, ESN, filed against Cisco Systems. For ESN, it was a hugely important suit; one of ESN's lawyers later testified that his client was seeking "potentially hundreds of millions of dollars" from an East Texas patent win against Cisco.