Man Charged With Planning The Capitol Riot To Stay In Jail - 2021-02-12
A federal judge ruled on Friday that Thomas Caldwell, charged with conspiring with members of the Oath Keepers to assault the Capitol on Jan. 6, must remain in jail until his trial because he "represents not just a danger to the community but to the fabric of democracy."
Prosecutors are accusing Caldwell, a 66-year-old resident of Berryville, Virginia, of planning anti-government activities with members of the extremist militant group over a period of months, dating back to the aftermath of the November election. Among other things, he is alleged to have explored plans to bring weapons into Washington, DC, using pickup trucks or boats to transport them across the Potomac River at a critical moment.
"Mr. Caldwell demonstrates that he's not just a peaceful protester and that he's someone willing to plan violent acts in order to offset the results of an election," said US District Judge Amit Mehta during the at-times impassioned hearing, which was held virtually since the DC federal courthouse remains closed during the pandemic.