Judge lets accused Capitol rioter remain out of jail after he violates release terms

Judge lets accused Capitol rioter remain out of jail after he violates release terms
John Earle Sullivan (Image: Utah County Jail)

[Ed. – Nothing about this smells right to me.  This is John Sullivan, the one Howard Portnoy wrote up with the radical-left appearances in his background, who posted video from inside the Capitol building with a stream of enthusiastic commentary.  Infowars decided to interview him – an adversarial interview, if you bother to watch any of it – and the mainstream media are now depicting that as if there’s some political affiliation between Sullivan and Infowars.  Their point is obviously to make it look like Sullivan holds Infowars-type views.  But my question: if Sullivan has violated his release terms four times already, why is a federal judge letting him stay out of jail?  So he can do more stuff the media can depict as far-right?]

A judge ruled Monday that a Utah man charged in the Capitol insurrection violated his pretrial release conditions by buying a smartphone he wasn’t supposed to have and trying to promote his organization on Infowars, but she declined to send him back to jail.

US Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather in Washington, DC, said she had “serious concerns” that John Earle Sullivan had violated another judge’s order so soon after he was allowed to go home last month. However, she said, she didn’t believe the evidence showed that he posed a danger to the community or that there were no other release conditions that the court could order to ensure his compliance going forward. …

A week and a half after he was granted release, a probation officer notified the judge in Utah that Sullivan not only had violated the internet restrictions but that he’d done so at least four times.

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