Judge Orders Two Proud Boys Leaders to be Detained on Capitol Riot Charges

A United States federal judge ordered two leaders of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys to be detained on April 19 after prosecutors presented new evidence on their involvement in the Capitol riot.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that Joseph Biggs of Florida and Ethan Nordean of Washington “facilitated political violence” at the Capitol last Jan. 6, even if the evidence did not show that they used direct physical violence on anyone on that day.

Kelly said that Nordean’s and Bigg’s actions, including their communications, before, during, and after the riot indicated that they had a role in planning and leading the attack.

Kelly cited profanity-laced social media posts and encrypted messages sent by Biggs, who said it was time for “war” if the Democrats “steal” the 2020 presidential election, and by Nordean, who called for militia groups to contact him.

Kelly also concluded that Nordean and Biggs were dangerous and could not be trusted to not contact other Proud Boys members or to access the internet.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the rule of law, the durability of our Constitution’s order and in the end, the very existence of our republic, is threatened by such conduct,” Kelly said.

“Even if the election has passed, all politics have not,” Kelly also said.

Kelly’s ruling to detain the group leaders reversed of a previous order of a judge from Washington D.C. who allowed them a pre-trial home confinement.

Biggs and Nordean are charged with conspiring to stop Congress’ certification of the 2020 election, including obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, and disorderly conduct for organizing and leading dozens of their members to the Capitol.


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