Although the DA expressed fears that Daniel McGowan "presents a serious flight risk," and may be "violent," the judge asserted that she would follow the law and "protect the interests of all parties." To that end, she released McGowan on condition of $1.6 million dollars in bail, put up by Mr. McGowan's sister. She imposed the condition that McGowan would reside in his sister's custody in New York, that he would wear an electronic monitor, and that he would report weekly to pretrial supervisors in Manhattan.
Judge Aiken stated that she had received at least 60 letters from people in support of Mr. McGowan, and this appeared to have some impact upon her decision. Incredibly, the DA had attempted to assert that one of the factors showing that McGowan was unworthy of being released was the fact that he had supported political prisoner Jeff "Free" Leurs. Apparently, the judge was not buying that.
Much more on this later, when I have returned home to the roost. For now, I would just like to say that Daniel McGowan has an incredible family. The courtroom was filled with supporters, and with family members who had come all the way from New York city for the hearing. Family members went out of their way to come over and introduce themselves to me, and all were in tears when the judge read her decision. There is much to say, but I have a long drive home now, and the battery is running thin on this computer. More later.