A federal judge has ruled that two of the most memorable participants in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol should remain in jail while their trial is pending.
Eric Munchel, who notoriously hopped a guardrail in the Senate chamber while armed with a taser and zip ties, along with his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, espouse ideas so dangerous and chilling that they couldn’t safely be released into the community, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled on Wednesday.
Though neither defendant has an extensive criminal history or posed a serious risk of flight, Lamberth leaned heavily on their statements to local media — embracing armed revolution, and expressing willingness to commit violence and even die to stop the election results — as proof they would be dangerous to others.
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NEW: Federal judge orders ‘zip tie guy’ Eric Munchel and his mom Lisa Eisenhart held without bail.
Prosecutors say Munchel was in touch with the Proud Boys about joining after the Jna. 6 insurrection.
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A judge found that Eric Munchel “poses a clear danger to our republic.” https://t.co/zLKjGWOUks
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