Brooks\'s home-confinement restrictions relaxed
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Standardbred owner David Brooks, who has been under 24-hour guard while under confinement at his Manhattan apartment since January after being arraigned on charges that include stealing money from his former body armor company to pay for a lavish lifestyle, has received some relief from the court and will no longer be under constant watch and his movements will now be monitored by an electronic bracelet.
U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert issued the decision, although Brooks’s computer and phone in the apartment will still be watched closely by guards. Seybert stated that while Brooks poses a risk to commit obstruction of justice and is a danger to the community, he is only a minor flight risk. Brooks was arrested last October and then released from jail in January to home detention while awaiting trial on a $400-million bond.Published reports state the new restrictions come despite a court witness who testified earlier this month that Brooks had unsuccessfully tried several times to break into the security program monitoring his home computer.