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Man accused of bear-spraying Officer Sicknick pleads not responsible, in talks with DOJ on bail

Julian Khater pleaded not responsible, and his lawyer and prosecutors acknowledged they’re in talks for a so-called “bail package” throughout a brief listening to on Friday. It was his first look earlier than a decide in Washington, DC, on fees of assaulting police within the January 6 revolt.

During the listening to, it wasn’t clear the bail phrases prosecutors would push for, or if there can be a listening to later the place they might argue to maintain him detained.

The temporary dialogue highlights how in another way so lots of the Capitol riot circumstances have performed out of their earliest stage, the place prosecutors select to push for some defendants to stay in jail, comply with let others await trial at house, and judges typically finally determine.

There’s a stringent authorized check for retaining defendants in jail earlier than trial, although a number of following the Capitol riot have stayed locked up, particularly if judges have deemed them to be harmful, nonetheless doubtlessly violent or more likely to flee or hinder justice.

But the choices have not been uniform throughout the greater than 350 Capitol riot federal circumstances. Some defendants whom the Justice Department has tried to color as among the many most violent or threatening have been launched by judges who set strict situations, akin to house incarceration and GPS monitoring by courtroom personnel. Keeping defendants in jail earlier than trial is just not meant to be punishment, like a sentence can be.

Khater has been in jail since his arrest on March 14. He can be again in courtroom in Washington subsequent week.

Prosecutors have already got stated in courtroom he is been useful to them since his arrest. At a listening to the place his co-defendant George Tanios was ordered to remain in jail pending trial, a Justice Department prosecutor described how Khater spoke to regulation enforcement. He described how the duo bought bear spray and pepper spray upfront of January 6, then drove to Washington for the Trump rally, in accordance with the Justice Department at a previous listening to.

Khater instructed investigators that Tanios carried a backpack for them each — which, in accordance with his fees, Khater pulled the bear spray from, then used it towards three officers together with Sicknick throughout the siege.

“Mr. Khater acknowledged that he knew that the bear spray was not intended for use on humans,” the prosecutor stated on the Tanios courtroom listening to final month. “Mr. Khater acknowledged that after the spraying he and Mr. Tanios stayed and that Mr. Khater climbed the scaffolding to take pictures.”

Investigators haven’t launched Sicknick’s reason behind loss of life. Nor have they tied the alleged bear-spray assault to his loss of life the day after the riot.

In movies proven in courtroom beforehand, the Capitol Police officers could be seen lurching away from the spray as they’re hit within the face. Sicknick could be seen strolling by himself, stopping to place his fingers on his knees on the steps of the Capitol. The clip has not been launched publicly other than being performed in courtroom as soon as in March.

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