© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio speaks to the media after his release from the DC Central Detention Facility, where he has been held since September 2021 in Washington, US Jan. 14, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hochstein/FilePhoto
(Reuters) – Another judge has rejected a request by Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the right-wing group Proud Boys, to be released while he awaits trial on criminal charges related to last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In an order issued late Friday night, US District Judge Timothy Kelly said the evidence against Tario was “extremely strong” and that measures such as bail and house arrest would “not sufficiently mitigate the risk of seriousness posed by Tario.”
Kelly said Tario “has the skills, resources, and networks to plan for similar challenges to US government legal work in the future.”
A Florida judge had earlier denied Tario’s request for pretrial release, which is standard in the US legal system due to the presumption of innocence of those accused of a crime. Tario asked Kelly to review the Florida judge’s order.
Tario is among more than 775 people criminally charged for his role in the attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump at the time to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden’s election victory.
Police arrested Tario on January 4, 2021, for burning a Black Lives Matter banner in a historic African American church in December 2020, a charge he later spent four months in prison for.
Prosecutors said Tario took an active leadership role behind the scenes on January 6, urging his followers on social media not to leave the Capitol and later telling them in an encrypted chat, “We did it.”
Tario’s attorney, Neb Hasan, told reporters in March that Tario left Washington, D.C., on January 5, 2021 — the day before the Capitol attack.
“In our estimation, as far as we have just reviewed, the evidence is weak,” Hassan said.
Thousands of people stormed the Capitol that day in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying incumbent President Joe Biden’s victory over then-President Donald Trump, a Republican. More than 800 are being prosecuted.