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Judge agrees to release prominent Proud Boys leader facing Capitol riot charges

February 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A federal judge in Seattle on Monday decided that a Proud Boys leader on the West Coast, Ethan Nordean, should be released pending trial, even after federal prosecutors warned he could coordinate with the Proud Boys for another attack on the federal government.

(CNN)A federal judge in Seattle on Monday decided that a Proud Boys leader on the West Coast, Ethan Nordean, should be released pending trial, even after federal prosecutors warned he could coordinate with the Proud Boys for another attack on the federal government.

Prosecutors have alleged he had prepared for the Capitol riot by gearing up and collecting money days before, suggesting he could face more charges in the future as investigators look more closely at the Proud Boys organization and coordination.

The Justice Department indicated in court it will seek an appeal to challenge Nordean's release.

Tsuchida's decision on Monday included putting Nordean on a nightly curfew, restricting his travel to Washington state and Washington, DC, for court appearances, and barring his communication with other witnesses in the case -- which will likely include several Proud Boys prosecutors say he communicated with on January 6.

Nordean has been held since his arrest last week and has not yet been released.

He currently faces charges of aiding and abetting injury to government property, obstructing an official proceeding, entering the restricted grounds of the Capitol and disorderly conduct.

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