Judge unseals part of Chamberlain complaint as mental health evaluation is ordered 

The search warrant related to the San Francisco man accused in an alleged bomb-making plot will be released today, as federal authorities continue to collect evidence in the case.

Nearly a week after his arrest, Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, the 42-year-old San Francisco man charged with having bomb-making materials in his Russian Hill apartment, also will undergo a mental health evaluation as part of ongoing court proceedings.

"It is a fluid situation," said Federal Judge Nathanael Cousins at Chamberlain's Friday court appearance in U.S. district court in San Francisco.

Cousins was referring to the continued collection of evidence by the FBI, which included a second search of Chamberlain's apartment after last Saturday's raid.

Echoing Cousins, federal prosecutor Phil Kearney said in court Friday the case is "reactive at this stage."

Nevertheless, Cousins ordered that at least one attachment to the criminal complaint, the search warrant, be unsealed in opposition to federal prosecutors' requests that it remain sealed.

The other attachment, an X-ray image of a back pack allegedly filled with bomb-making materials, will remain sealed since a description of it has already been provided to the defense.

"The case is not going to be under seal," said Cousins, sternly.

The contents of the search warrant have yet to be provided to the public but are expected to be released this afternoon.

Chamberlain's Friday appearance, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and glasses, also dealt with his detention status and where he will receive a mental health evaluation.

To ascertain his mental status, assistant federal public defender Jodi Linker asked that Chamberlain be evaluated at San Francisco General Hospital in its holding facility, not usually a site for such evaluations.

"There is a need for physiological evaluation," said Linker. "The big issue here is mental health situation."

Chamberlin is currently being held at County Jail at 850 Bryant St., and Linker said that "he will further deteriorate if he remains."

While Kearney did not oppose such an evaluation, he didn't see why it could not be done at the current facility or another that contracts with the U.S. Marshals.

Still, Kearney contended that the process was unnecessary. "There is little or no basis in believing there's a mental health issue," he said.

Chamberlain has not entered a plea in the case.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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