At least 70% of the Capitol rioters have been released as they await hearings, although the national average is only 25% of federal defendants typically released before trial.

Remember the’ Zip Tie Guy’  (Eric Munchel) who was photographed carrying wrist restraints? He’s out.
Note the tactical gear.
And Richard Barnett, who was photographed with his foot up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk and later boasted about stealing her mail? Even though he screamed at the judge during a court hearing two months ago that ‘it’s not fair’ that he was still in custody, he was released in March.

Experts say many of the Capitol defendants are being released ahead of trial because they are facing relatively low-level charges, though other factors — racial bias anyone? — maybe in play.


“I’m both surprised and not surprised. Most of these people are white,” said Erica Zunkel, associate director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. “The majority of people in the federal system are people of color.”

The record shows that of 398 defendants listed on the justice department’s Capitol breach case site as of 10 May, at least 330 have been released from custody.
Part of the problem is that the majority are serving relatively low-level federal charges, such as entering a restricted building or disorderly conduct, instead of more serious charges of sedition in trying to overthrow the government, and for many of the rioters that day, intent to do bodily harm.