>A federal judge on Monday allowed a Proud Boys leader who faces charges relating to the Capitol riot to be released despite prosecutors’ warnings that he could plan future attacks on the federal government.
>Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida determined that Ethan Nordean, 30, who faces four counts related to the Capitol raid, should be released pending trial, with a nightly curfew and restrictions on travel and communication with other witnesses, CNN reported.
>The Seattle-based judge’s order did not involve home detention, GPS monitoring or a monetary bail amount for Nordean, who has described himself as the “Sergeant of Arms” of the Seattle chapter of the Proud Boys.
>Justice Department prosecutors had argued that if Nordean was released, he could work with the Proud Boys to plan a different attack or potentially flee the state. They signaled they would appeal his release.
>Nordean’s attorney claimed that his client was not “a danger” and was not preparing to escape the state.