A federal judge on Tuesday granted Joshua James’ request to loosen his home-confinement restrictions so he can go to work.

James is the Arab man charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

James had asked the judge to allow him to work “during normal business hours,” and the judge agreed.

“Defendant Joshua A. James has incurred no infractions to date (since his arrest), and given the likely length of time until his trial, his inability to earn an income places an undue hardship on his family,” the judge wrote. “Continued home confinement during business hours is greater than necessary to protect the community. All other conditions of release shall remain in effect.”

The order is signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta.

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StoneWoodpecker

Dear Judge Mehta: please, lock up this James; the danger to our community is that insurrectionist tried to engage in a coup against the federal government. Your radical view is anti-American as well.

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