Oregon Occupier Released from Jail
A man arrested in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge has been allowed to leave jail.
Duane Ehmer must limit his travel and wear an electronic ankle bracelet to ensure he appears at future court dates. He’s one of only two defendants from Oregon and among three people granted release ahead of trial.
The Oregonian newspaper reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart determined Thursday that Ehmer wasn’t a flight risk and appeared to have joined rather than incited the standoff. It began Jan. 2 and continues Friday with four holdouts.
Another judge upheld a decision to keep occupier Pete Santilli behind bars pending trial. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman says Santilli has made threatening statements about federal agents on his online radio program that can’t be completely dismissed as shock-jock bravado.