Prosecutors tried to keep Judge James Hesterly locked up until his trial in March saying he made threats against a witness and a FBI agent.
Hesterly has been ordered not to have contact with any witnesses in the case and has been ordered to home confinement at his parents home in Camden. Hesterly will also be under a electronic monitoring device.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Hesterly was involved in awarding a FEMA disaster relief contract to co-defendant Harry Clemons in return for a contribution for his 2010 re-election campaign for Ouachita County Judge.
Clemons has been ordered not to have contact with any of the witnesses.
A trial date has been set for March 13th in El Dorado for both Clemons and Judge James Hesterly.