A trio of appeals court judges slapped down a district court’s decision to keep a man dubbed the “zip tie guy” by the media and his mother behind bars pending a trial for their roles in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The appeals court panel concluded that the Justice Department had not properly demonstrated that the two defendants posed a danger to the community. Eric Munchel and his mother Lisa Eisenhart were arrested in January after they both allegedly entered the U.S. Capitol and after photos of Munchel in tactical gear and carrying large white zip ties, which the video showed he had found after entering the building, went viral online.
The two were charged with unlawful entry, violent entry, civil disorder, and conspiracy.
Prosecutors wanted them kept behind bars pending a trial, but Tennessee Magistrate Judge Jeffery Frensley ruled in January that they should be released under home detention.
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