Judge Allows Halfway House for Defense Contractor

April 1, 2013

A defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend will be allowed to stay at a halfway house while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Monday.

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, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said. She directed court officials to put Bishop on the waiting list for a bed at the Mahoney Hale halfway house near downtown Honolulu.

Kobayashi said she will hold a hearing to determine the conditions of Bishop's release once bed space becomes available. Bishop will remain in federal detention until then.

Federal investigators say Bishop, 59, told his 27-year-old girlfriend secrets about U.S. war plans, nuclear weapons and missile defense.

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