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New evidence leads judge to revoke bail for Proud Boy executives involved in riot on Capitol Hill

A federal judge will revoke the bail of two leaders of the Proud Boys, a far-right paramilitary group, after their release pending trial for their involvement in the Capitol uprising, Politico reports.

Why is this important: The judge said he was swayed by new evidence from prosecutors showing cryptic messages and profanity-laden social media posts from defendants who had sworn to rape lawmakers who planned to certify the election.

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What they say: “The defendants are accused of seeking to steal one of the crown jewels of our country, in a sense, by interfering with the peaceful transfer of power,” Judge Timothy Kelly said of his decision. “It is no exaggeration to say the rule of law … ultimately the existence of our constitutional republic is threatened.”

  • The decision, previewed at a court hearing on Monday, overturns an earlier decision to release the men pending trial. New evidence brought by prosecutors shows Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs played key roles in orchestrating the riots, according to Kelly, who has become a deciding factor in the case.

  • Prosecutors say Nordean helped plan the Proud Boys’ tactical strategy for January 6: to break up into small groups and overwhelm the police.

  • Prosecutors also hold Nordean and Biggs partially responsible for extensive damage caused by a fellow Proud Boy who smashed a window with a riot shield. The group’s actions led to one of the first violations of the Capitol, according to Politico.

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