POSTED: 05:21 p.m. HST, Apr 01, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 09:48 p.m. HST, Apr 01, 2013
A federal judge said she will allow a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend to stay at a Honolulu halfway house while he awaits trial.
U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi ruled Monday that conditions can be imposed on Benjamin Bishop’s release that would address concerns about him being a flight risk and posing a danger to the community.
Kobayashi directed court officials to put Bishop on the waiting list for a bed at the Mahoney Hale halfway house in Iwilei.
Kobayashi says she’ll hold a hearing to determine the conditions of Bishop’s release once bed space becomes available. The 59-year-old will remain in federal detention until then.
Bishop is accused of telling his 27-year-old girlfriend secrets about U.S. war plans, nuclear weapons and missile defense.