Judge orders release of Proud Boy charged in Capitol riot

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the release of the self-described “sergeant-at-arms” of the Seattle chapter of the far-right group Proud Boys, pending trial on charges filed in connection with the U.S. Capitol insurrection. The Seattle Times reports U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., granted Ethan Nordean’s request for release Wednesday despite prosecutors’ new allegations about the key role he played as an organizer of the riot. Though she called evidence of Nordean’s alleged role troubling, Howell ruled the government had “not met its burden by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant poses a danger to the community, or by a preponderance that he will flee” before trial.