The judge’s blunt assessment of the present, Charged political atmosphere It came to a legal decision in January about a defendant drawn in Washington, DC. And this adds to a growing chorus of warnings from officials who weigh in closely after the capital riots to see what the danger level may still be.
“The static drums that prompted the defendant to take up arms have not faded; six months later, the rumor of election theft is being repeated daily from major news outlets and corridors of power in the state and federal government, not to mention To do, DC District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote in an opinion to keep defendant Cleveland Meredith Jr. in jail, as he could endanger the public if released.
Meredith Reportedly texted That he wanted to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, on live TV and brought a trailer of guns and ammo to Washington in January. He has pleaded not guilty.
Federal judge Warning for weeks That Trump’s unfounded assertion of Trump’s baseless claim to “steal” the election – sometimes called “big lie” – Right-wing media, Republicans and former presidents themselves are keeping alive the same ground enthusiasm that led to the rebellion in January. Because of this, some alleged rioters are still considered potentially dangerous. Judges have to take case-by-case decisions when the defendants are kept in jail.
The Justice Department, as it argues to keep them in prison, noted that Trump supporters – especially when they are affiliated with extremist groups such as the Proud Boys – could attempt another rebellion.
A defendant, Anthony Antonio’s lawyer, Talked about what he says “Foxitis,” saying that his client became convinced of the lie that Trump was reelected.
And another judge, Coleen Kollar-Cotelli, placed another man – a Vietnam Veteran who allegedly parked a cooler filled with mason jar bombs on Capitol Hill on January 6 and was inspired by the same electoral lie that Republicans Still pushing – this week in jail.
The man, Lonnie Kaufman, Tried to reach Prosecutors said Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, in December looked for contact information for Sean Hannity and others. One of Cruz’s employees told police that Kauffman was “coming from a friend’s point of view … wanted to help with electoral fraud.”
Other judges handling Capitol riot cases in Washington have previously noted how far away members continue to reject the results of the election, and how the self-described revolutionaries want to act again.But politics alone will not be enough to keep riot defendants pending till trial.
“The Court is not convinced that dissatisfaction and concern about the legitimacy of the election results has dissipated for all Americans. Former President Donald J. Trump continues to make tremendous public comments about the ‘stolen election.’ Punish those who allegedly did not reject the illegitimate consequences that the current administration implements, “Judge Emmett Sullivan wrote in April. A person accused of dragging and beating police officers In jail.
Judge Paul Freedman, considering whether to release a man who drove cross-country with guns, then allegedly attacked police in the Capitol, Prosecutors consider the claim That defendant Nathaniel Degrave could still be a threat because even after the riots, he idolized Trump and believed the lies about electoral fraud.
“Of course, Mr. Degrave has the First Amendment right to express his views on politics, the 2020 election, and the government. The court is not required to consider Mr. Degrave’s political preferences, to conclude that he has committed acts of violence. Is in serious danger. In the future. His conduct speaks for itself, “Freedman wrote. “Mr. Degrave did not go far in the excitement of the moment; rather, his statements suggest that he planned to confront and end the violence in the Capitol.”
Jackson, in the case of another Capitol riot defendant, noted in April In the case of Joshua Black That he claimed that God had called him to enter the chamber and said that he would take up arms in a revolution if necessary.
Jackson said during a court hearing for Black, “It is not that efforts by some political leaders and media people to incite such anger have ended in any way.” “Isn’t it fair to say that similar political issues and similar political concerns are being airborne on a daily basis?”
He released Black, before warning him that even though he was called back to Washington by a higher power, he could not violate court orders without consequence.