Shifted to detention hearing for Jessica Watkins. Baset laying out how the Oath Keepers aided and abetted destruction, which is their weakest hand for detention.

Judge Mehta is questioning whether imprisonment is not long enough to qualify as terror trigger.

[Fixed prosecutor]
Mehta is noting that govt arg this week is different than it was last week for Watkins' co-conspirator Thomas Caldwell.
Mehta: This is my second one of these cases. I would like to understand from the govt, because this isn't going to just be applying to Ms. Watkins, it'll be applying to remaining co-defendants and various in others.
Mehta says he doesn't buy that Watkins is a risk fo flight.
Jessica Watkins stays in jail or not based on how wrong Trump was.
Peterson says that Khatalla is on appear, but Mehta says that the facts are different shouldn't matter.

Peterson doesn't want her client compared to Benghazi.
Anyway, to close out, the detention of Jessica Watkins will depend on briefing on an interpretation of applications of terror law.

Watkins aside (I think she's a clear detention candidate, her co-conspirators not as much), this raises specter of debates abt DomTerr law.

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