Bundy militant ally Jon Ritzheimer denied bail by federal judge
Jon Ritzheimer, the anti-Muslim Arizona activist who joined up with Ammon Bundy’s occupation of a federal reserve in Oregon, was denied bail on Thursday by a federal judge.
According to the Arizona Republic, District Judge Eileen Willett ruled that Ritzheimer posed a danger to the community, and that there was a “preponderance of evidence” indicating that he was a flight risk.
Willett also ordered that Ritzheimer be transported to Portland for future hearings. Ritzheimer is charged with conspiracy to impede federal officials in their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats, a federal offense.
Ritzheimer surrendered to authorities in Peoria, Arizona on Jan. 26 — hours before Bundy and several other militants were captured. They were also subsequently denied bail.
Ritzheimer also released a video on Facebook asking for donations to cover the cost of legal representation.
“Thank you all in advance,” he said in the video. “I just want the country to live by the Constitution and I just want the government to abide by it.”