A federal judge on Friday denied a request for early release filed by Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys far-right group Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who is being held in a Washington, D.C. jail.
In his ruling, superior court judge Jonathan H Pittman said “poor living conditions” were not sufficient reason for Tarrio to be transferred to house arrest or to have his sentence reduced.
Tarrio also requested to be freed under DC’s “compassionate release” statute, which Pittman also denied, The Guardian reports.
The “appropriate remedy for unconstitutional conditions of confinement is correction of the unconstitutional conditions of confinement, which are experienced by all inmates, not just the defendant”, Pittman wrote, according to The Guardian.
Tarrio is serving a five-month sentence for stealing and burning a Black Lives Matter banner from a historic Black church in the capital, after Donald Trump’s election defeat.
Tarrio also complained that he has been harassed by correctional officers and that his cell regularly floods with water from a toilet in a neighboring cell.
But the judge wasn’t buying it, saying that Tarrios “fails to establish that his case presents ‘extraordinary and compelling reasons’ warranting a modification”.