Conditions set for Hawaii defense contractor bail

Bishop may leave halfway house for court appearance; judge limits Internet use

Published  11:49 AM HST May 15, 2013

A federal judge in Hawaii is setting conditions for the pretrial release of a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend.
U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi said Tuesday Benjamin Bishop will be placed under house arrest at the Mahoney Hale halfway house near downtown Honolulu.
He may only leave for medical reasons, court appearances, attorney visits and religious services.  His attorney or an approved third party custodian must accompany him.
Kobayashi is restricting Bishop's use of the telephone.  She's prohibiting him from using the Internet and possessing a cellphone.
Kobayashi says Bishop will be taken from Honolulu's Federal Detention Center to Mahoney Hale when the halfway house sets passwords for its computers, which could take two weeks. Bishop won't receive his own password.

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