Fed judge plans to rule May 6 on whether Morgantown, West Virginia man, alleged Pennsylvania accomplice, will be released ahead of trial WV News
WASHINGTON (WV News) – A federal judge plans to rule next week on whether to allow the provisional release of one or both defendants in an alleged chemical spray attack on police during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Julian Elie Khater of Pennsylvania and George Pierre Tanios of Morgantown, West Virginia, are currently being held without bail in a jail in the District of Columbia. They face an indictment of 10 counts in connection with the riots. Tanios provided a chemical spray and Khater used it to attack three officers who were timed to defeat a barricade of bike racks outside the Capitol, says U.S. Assistant Prosecutor Gilead Light.
Senior Judge Thomas F. Hogan wants to watch video of the alleged attack and what happened in the moments before and after, before rendering a ruling. He also wants to give defense lawyers Joseph Tacopina (for Khater) and Beth Gross (for Tanios) time to argue during a hearing on May 6.
This will be particularly important for Gross and Tanios; He had only a handful of minutes left at the end of Tuesday’s virtual hearing to introduce two witnesses and briefly make a few remarks.
Hogan plans to rule orally following the May 6 hearing.
Most of Tuesday’s hearing involved an argument with Tacopina and Light playing the video for the court. However, Gross scored points when she urged Hogan to listen to the video on his own, with noise-canceling headphones, when he would be able to hear Tanios’ comments which were inaudible while playing the video of Tuesday.
Tacopina presented the option to Judge Hogan to impose a $ 15 million bond secured by five properties with approximately $ 1.5 million in equity. It would also be guaranteed by 16 family members signing as surety, and would include house arrest with electronic surveillance and that Khater would hand over all passports.
Gross calls for Tanios’ release on signature bond, Tanios agreeing to 10 conditions, including electronic surveillance; 24 hour video surveillance provided by defendant to US probation officers; a restricted list of visitors; a restriction on smartphones and social media; and daily telephone reports.