A federal judge has ordered the imprisonment of a Florida man identified as a representative of the far right Oath Keepers militia party awaiting trial on charges related to the violent Jan. 6 assault on the United States Capitol, then let two other suspects go free amid the prosecution’s request that they be detained as well.
Another embarrassment for investigators came after a state appeals court requested an examination of the pretrial arrest of two more people involved in the riot.
Kelly Meggs, identified by the prosecution as a self-described chief of the Florida branch of the Oath Keepers, was ordered detained by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta. During the riot, he was charged with treason and other offenses.
At the trial, the judge stated that there was clear proof that Meggs planned to commit abuse on Jan. 6 and that he had met with other far-right militants, including representatives of the Proud Boys.
Mehta, on the other hand, requested the defendant’s mom, Connie Meggs, and an Ohio individual, Donovan Crowl, who has also been linked to the Oath Keepers, to be released, citing stringent release terms as necessary to ensure public safety. They, too, are awaiting accusations of collusion and other crimes.
Independently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Central district Of Columbia directed a lower court to review the pretrial custody of Lisa Eisenhart and Eric Munchel, a man and woman from Tennessee who are charged with conspiracy and other offenses.
The Department of justice claimed in both situations that the suspects faced a public safety risk as they faced trial.
A crowd of former President Donald Trump’s backers invaded the Capitol, blocking the official legislative confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election win and prompting senators to run for their own safety. A police officer was among the five people who died.
Before joining the Capitol, Kelly Meggs, Connie Meggs, and Crowl entered dozens of citizens clad in military-style clothing such as caps, gloves, and defensive vests, according to officials. According to police, Eisenhart and Munchel wore combat fatigues and Munchel was holding multiple sets of rubber handcuffs as they approached the Senate room.
About 400 individuals have been accused of participating in the rioting. Prosecutors also admitted that some of the facts they provided earlier in relation to those suspected of participating were not as strong as they had claimed.