On Thursday, NBC4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane reported that a court has agreed to allow January 6 Capitol insurrection defendant Thomas Caldwell to use the internet as part of the conditions of his pre-trial release.
But there's a catch: Caldwell can only use the internet for approved legal purposes — and his wife has to watch him to make sure he's not bending the rules.
"Mr. Caldwell is hereby permitted to use an internet-connected device solely to communicate with counsel, to review discovery, or to conduct legal research," said the order. "He is not granted permission to indiscriminately surf the internet for evidence relating to the events of January 6th. Mr. Caldwell's wife shall monitor any access to any internet-connected device to ensure compliance with this term of release."
Court agrees to permit accused Jan 6 OathKeeper conspirator Thomas Caldwell of Virginia to use the internet. But specifies "he is not granted\npermission to indiscriminately surf the internet for evidence relating to the events of January 6"\n\nAnd... his wife has to monitor himpic.twitter.com/BNetYKcP9c— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1640295000
Caldwell is a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary group consisting mainly of current and former military and law enforcement. Their members swear an anti-government oath that requires them to refuse to follow any order or law that conflicts with their interpretation of the Constitution — and many of them were present at the January 6 attack.
Previously, Caldwell has generated controversy after his lawyer demanded the case be moved to another court, claiming that a fair jury can't be seated in Washington, D.C. because the city's residents are "very anti-Trump" and "despise" the values of "traditional America."