WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two accused leaders of the far-right Proud Boys militia group on Tuesday pleaded not responsible to a number of prison costs associated to their alleged function within the lethal January assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
At a federal court docket listening to in Washington, D.C., Ethan Nordean of Washington state and Joseph Biggs of Florida each pleaded not responsible to riot-related costs together with conspiracy, civil dysfunction, obstruction of an official continuing and destruction of presidency property.
Each are presently free on bail. Prosecutors are searching for to revoke their pre-trial launch and to have them detained earlier than trial.
In court docket paperwork arguing for the defendants’ detention, prosecutors cited proof they stated confirmed that Nordean and Biggs helped incite the Jan. 6 violence each earlier than and throughout the Capitol assault.
Prosecutors stated Nordean “personally engaged within the destruction of presidency property by shaking after which flattening a metallic barrier on the Capitol grounds,” and that he and Biggs “then defiantly led the gang… into the west plaza exterior the U.S. Capitol.”
Arguing for Biggs pre-trial detention, prosecutors stated it was “troublesome to overstate the seriousness of not solely the Defendant’s offenses however these dedicated by these below his management.”
In a ruling earlier this month ordering Nordean’s launch from detention, nonetheless, Beryl Howell, chief federal decide in Washington D.C., stated that whereas Nordean had led a march to the Capitol, “Proof that he directed different defendants to interrupt into or enter the Capitol is weak, to say the least.”
A whole bunch of Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed effort to cease Congress from formally certifying President Joe Biden’s election win.
Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Enhancing by Dan Grebler