Hawaii extremist group leader who was in Capitol mob is released on bond

Hawaii extremist group leader who was in Capitol mob is released on bond

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The founder of a far-right extremist group in Hawaii who was in the mob of insurrectionists that stormed the Capitol last week has been released on bond.

A judge approved a $5,000 bond for Nick Ochs on Monday morning.

“His participation in the march and the occupation of the Capitol on Jan. 6 he sees as an expression of his political beliefs, which had the authority and endorsement of the president and the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani,” his attorney Myles Breiner told Hawaii News Now Sunday night.

Ochs had been held at the Federal Detention Center since his arrest last week. He was taken into custody after returning to Honolulu.

The founder of Proud Boys Hawaii, Ochs posted video and photos of himself on social media participating in the Capitol mob. He initially claimed he was in the crowd as a journalist.

Civil rights attorneys blasted that defense.

“There’s no First Amendment right to advocate for fascism. There’s no First Amendment right to practice acts that amount to fascism,” said attorney Eric Seitz.

“For him to be claiming to be involved in some First Amendment right is an insult to the journalist and media in this country who are honest.”

If convicted, Ochs is looking at up to six months behind bars. But that could change if the government finds evidence that he was directly involved in the riot.

Breiner said federal authorities will likely search his cell phone and computers.

“I suspect there will be superseding indictments, I suspect there will be conspiracy charges. Whether or not Mr. Ochs will be subject to that is hard to say,” Breiner said.

This story will be updated.

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