TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 22, 2021

In a “blistering” opinion last week, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Washington, D.C., said a Nashville man and his mother, charged in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, must stay in custody because their release on bail would threaten national security. Eric Munchel, dubbed "zip tie guy" in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, and his mother Lisa Eisenhart, now will be held until their trials, the Tennessean reports. Federal prosecutors say they were part of the mob that stormed the Capitol to stop lawmakers from certifying the election of President Joe Biden. The pair face federal charges of obstructing an official proceeding, unlawful entry and violent entry. A Nashville-based magistrate judge had initially said the pair could be released while they awaited trial. Judge Lamberth’s ruling overturned that decision.