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Testimony starting today in Timothy Hale-Cusanelli's trial. Will post periodic updates.
Opening arguments have finished. DOJ told jury Timothy Hale-Cusanelli "genuinely believes" in civil war and that Jewish interests control President Biden. That's why, they said, he entered the Capitol. He lamented they didn't have enough people to hold it indefinitely.
Hale-Cusanelli's attorney, Jonathan Crisp, described his client as "bombastic" and "antagonistic."

Crisp: "He is the guy you have met who just wants to say things to agitate things." But, he said, that's all it is.
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I've only been listening, not live tweeting, but Matthew Ryan Miller's attorney just told Judge Moss his client should only get a year and a day in prison because it would be more beneficial to focus on treatment for his drug addiction (to marijuana). Moss... skeptical.
“Seeing pictures of my inebriated behaviors that day sends shivers down my spine,” Matthew Ryan Miller tells Judge Moss. “My intentions that day were to wear a wild outfit, drink some beers and have a great time.”
"Every time I think of the events of that day, I feel sickened by what happened," U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss says.
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Judge Nichols' novel reading of the 1512(c)(2) statute continues rippling outward. Now one of the #CapitolRiot defendants who pleaded guilty before him, Gina Bisignano, wants to withdraw that plea, citing his ruling in the Garrett Miller/Joseph Fischer cases.
Judge Nichols is the only judge in the D.C. District to find a document requirement in 1512(c)(2) — the obstruction statute under which many #CapitolRiot defendants are charged. Even his three fellow Trump appointees have explicitly rejected it.…
Gina Bisignano's plea deal was unusual: it was filed under seal and was one of only a handful that specifically mentioned witness protection.

That's likely because Bisignano had a meeting w/ other #CapitolRiot defendants after Jan. 6, including Danny Rodriguez & Ed Badalian.
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Jurors are back this morning to pick up deliberations in earnest. Thomas Webster faces six counts, among them multiple felonies.
NOW: The jury has notified the court it has a verdict in the case against Thomas Webster. Stand by for more.
Jurors deliberated for about 2 hours this morning before coming to their verdict. The stakes for Thomas Webster here are high. He's charged with multiple felonies with dangerous weapon enhancements.…
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Jury selection didn't quite wrap up yesterday, but I'll be at the courthouse today when the trial for Thomas Webster begins in earnest.
Trial starting off this morning with testimony from USCP Capt. Carneysha Mendoza. She was the first person to testify before Congress about the Jan. 6 attack.…
Court almost seems normal today. Jurors, who during other trials have been spread out in the public gallery, are in the jury box. And the gallery is populated with journalists & spectators. Masks remain except for witnesses who are testifying and lawyers speaking at the lectern.
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NEW: An anti-abortion activist indicted for blockading a D.C. clinic in 2020 wants to serve as an interpreter for a relief mission on the Moldova-Ukraine border. Yesterday, a judge shot down that plan.…
Heather Idoni, one of 9 defendants indicted earlier this month for forcibly blockading the Washington Surgi-Clinic, says she and her husband have 10 adopted children from Ukraine. She speaks Russian. She's planning on one more plea to the judge.…
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, presiding over the case, said Heather Idoni's "commitment to volunteerism is admirable." But she wants her inside the U.S. ahead of a status hearing on the federal indictment charging her w/ felony conspiracy against rights.…
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NEW: Daniel Egtvedt handwrote two letters to a Maryland sheriff asking him to intervene in his #CapitolRiot case. He also, allegedly, threatened to fight police if they transferred him to D.C. He wants a judge to suppress all of that at trial.…
Daniel Egtvedt was originally arrested while trying to physically prevent his mother from being vaccinated. He claimed the vaccine was a population control measure.

During, and after, his arrest, he also used language associated w/ sovereign citizens.…
Daniel Egtvedt reportedly brought up "maritime law" and seemed to suggest the federal government was a "foreign" power — both major sovereign citizen signifiers.

His attorney, though, says she doesn't know of any links he has to sovereign citizens.…
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Morning all. We're back at the federal courthouse in D.C. today, where jurors will resume deliberations in the trial of Thomas Robertson. Here's where they left off.…
All parties have been called back to the courtroom for... a jury question about the definition of "obstruction." That's Count 1 in the indictment. Question received at 5:11 p.m.

They are not coming back with a verdict tonight.
JK!!!! They have a verdict!
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ELSEWHERE in #CapitolRiot land, Charles Donohoe, a North Carolina Proud Boys leader charged in the PB conspiracy case, is pleading guilty to at least one felony count before Judge Timothy Kelly.…
Donohoe is pleading guilty to CONSPIRACY and ASSAULTING POLICE on Jan. 6, both felonies. His plea agreement will include cooperation in the ongoing case against other Proud Boys, including former national chairman Enrique Tarrio.
Judge Kelly says Charles Donohoe will have an estimated offense level of 27 with no criminal history, which would put his recommended sentencing range at 70-87 months in prison. Even at the lowest end, that would be the longest sentence handed down in a #CapitolRiot case to date.
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Good morning all. The trial of Thomas Robertson resumes today with cross-examination of fellow former officer Jacob Fracker.
Some legal wrangling this morning as: 1.) A juror reports a close COVID-positive contact, and 2.) DOJ wants to enter evidence rebutting what they say are false statements entered by the defense about Thomas Robertson's military service.
Here's a preview of what we'll see today. The DOJ's case-in-chief is getting close to the end, although they now have this request to rebut Robertson's military service representations. They'll have a chance to put on a rebuttal case, likely tomorrow.
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Judge McFadden has been notably more antagonistic to the DOJ's #CapitolRiot cases than even other Republican-appointed judges on the D.C. District Court. Nevertheless, this is still a federal judge saying it's plausible some rioters were allowed into the building.
It may not matter too much in the long run unless you're a similar misdemeanor defendant who's happened to draw Judge McFadden for your case. But it could impact the DOJ's decision on whether to oppose bench trials going forward.
Unlike a jury trial, you do not have an absolute right to a bench trial. Prosecutors can object. DOJ may still be inclined not to, though, because they're generally much faster than jury trials.
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At 2 p.m., Andrew Griswold, of Florida, will be before Judge Cooper for a change of plea hearing. He was indicted on six counts, including felony obstruction of an official proceeding. #CapitolRiot
Griswold is pleading guilty to one felony count of civil disorder. Attorneys estimated David Alan Blair, who pleaded guilty to civil disorder yesterday, would face 8-14 months in prison.…
However, DOJ says Griswold will face an estimated sentencing guideline of 0-6 months in this case. Not sure how a felony winds up with that recommended sentence, but the calculation should be in the plea agreement filed later today.
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Coming up next, at 11 a.m., Bryan Ivey, of Tennessee, will be before Judge Cooper for sentencing. Prosecutors say he was right next to Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola when he breached the Capitol. He then helped others enter through a door. They want him to serve 14 days in jail.
Judge Cooper says he's reviewed the case law and the decisions by Judges Lamberth and Kollar-Kotelly and he's not going to impose split sentences for petty misdemeanor cases until the D.C. Circuit rules on it.
AUSA Leslie Goemaat says Bryan Ivey led the mob into the Capitol through the broken window. They say he was the 14th person to enter the building on Jan. 6.
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Florida P.E. teacher/football coach Kenneth Reda appearing for sentencing now before Judge Hogan. Says he's normally a "free thinker." Hopes his teaching certificate will be reinstated so he can resume working.
Reda was a big Parler user who used the site to encourage others to travel to D.C. on January 6.

Judge Hogan compares the rabid energy on J6 to lynch mobs. But also says he weighs the fact that Reda lost his job as a teacher after his arrest.
Reda says he's been retraining to work in real estate, which he did earlier in his career. However a recent minor stroke has delayed that.

Judge Hogan says he gives his attorney credit for not trying to play the stroke up for leniency.
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Coming up at 11 a.m., David Alan Blair will appear to enter a guilty plea. He was indicted for multiple felonies, including assaulting police w/ a lacrosse stick adorned with a Confederate flag. He was scheduled to start trial in early May. #CapitolRiot
David Alan Blair will be pleading guilty to count 2 of the indictment against him: interfering with a police officer during civil disorder. It's a felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
In addition to the lacrosse stick, Blair had a knife in his backpack that was discovered while he was being processed post-arrest. He told police he brought it to the Capitol because he was worried about "antifa."
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At 11 a.m., Jason Hyland will appear before Judge Cooper to plead guilty. Hyland was part of the group, along with Jenna Ryan, that took a private plan from Texas to D.C. for the 6th. This is a misdemeanor case. #CapitolRiot
One of Hyland's co-defendants, Jenna Ryan, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. His other co-defendant, Katherine Schwab, is currently scheduled for trial on June 20.…
Hyland is pleading guilty to the misdemeanor parading charge. That's the same charge Jenna Ryan pleaded guilty to. Hyland, however, didn't pose next to a broken window or go on an ill-advised posting spree.
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#GinniThomas — Everything we know so far about her involvement to overturn the 2020 election and the events leading up to #January6th and the #CapitolRiot.

The Long Crusade of Clarence and Ginni Thomas… by @dannyhakim & @Jo_Becker
" organizer who worked with Women for America First, which held the permit for the Ellipse rally, said he was told that Ginni Thomas played a peacemaking role between feuding factions of rally organizers 'so that there wouldn’t be any division around January 6.'"
Ginni Thomas, Wife of Clarence, Cheered On the Rally That Turned Into the Capitol Riot… by @mjs_DC
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Good morning. We're back at the federal courthouse in D.C. this week for the bench trial of "Cowboys for Trump" founder Couy Griffin.…
Griffin is only facing two misdemeanor counts. He's decided to go to trial to argue the Capitol was not a restricted area on January 6 because VP Pence had already been evacuated by the time he arrived.…
Little bit of legal wrangling this morning. Griffin's attorneys say the DOJ provided them a big batch of new discovery over the past few days. That includes ~60 video files from Griffin's videographer, Matt Struck, who will be called as a witness.
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BLAME THE MEDIA, PART 17,184: Maria Jacob, Defense attorney for Micajah Jackson, says her client was misled by MSM. 'We’re not talking about fringe outlets…. We‘re talking about mainstream outlets that have kind of also encouraged these beliefs.'
Audio of judge at sentencing very muddy. Yet another example of problem w/substituting virtual access for in person
Jackson’s lawyer says despite his prolific use of social media he has ’social anxiety’ so doesn’t want to address court. Jackson does briefly speak, though: 'I am remorseful It was a very dark day that day.’ #CapitolRiot #Jan6
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Sentencing for Micajah Jackson has been bumped to 11 AM. Prosecutors say the Marine Corps veteran/political commentator/Proud Boys affiliate should serve 60 days in jail — not the least of which because he's continued to downplay the #CapitolRiot and suggest it was a false flag. ImageImage
Micajah Jackson has continued to post on various social media sites under the name "TheJFKReport." In January, he uploaded a video to Twitter of himself accusing another J6er of being a federal agent. Yesterday, he posted he was being "persecuted" and compared himself to Jesus. Image
Here's Micajah Jackson less than two months ago confronting another far-right Arizona activist who was also at the Capitol after apparently claiming he wanted to buy a bike from him. Gateway Pundit grabbed this and spun up a whole story about it. Image
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The sentencing hearing for James Bonet is underway. The DOJ says Bonet has continued to downplay or even celebrate the #CapitolRiot. Says a probation-only sentence should be reserved for truly exceptional circumstances, and Bonet's case doesn't merit it.
AUSA says James Bonet saw militia members "dressed for battle" and he followed them to the U.S. Capitol Building. Repeatedly ignored red flags.
DOJ says James Bonet smoking a joint in Sen. Merkley's office, and posting a picture of it, was "more than callousness. It was a show of power. It was saying, we've taken control. We can come into the Capitol and do whatever we want."
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NEW: (Former) Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio has been indicted for CONSPIRACY and 6 other charges connected to the #CapitolRiot. Indictment also adds Dominic Pezzola to case w/ Ethan Nordean, Joe Biggs, and others.…
The indictment resolves a longstanding issue with the Dominic Pezzola case: prosecutors have for a while now placed him in a larger context but didn't charge him w/ the group's leaders or w/ conspiracy. Now that's changed.…
MORE: The indictment alleges Enrique Tarrio and other Proud Boys leaders had a plan to occupy "crucial buildings" in D.C., including House and Senate office buildings.
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Good morning. Today, the government's case against Guy Reffitt, the first #CapitolRiot defendant to go to trial, heads to a jury for deliberation. I'll be at the courthouse until we have a verdict.
Jury deliberations have begun in Guy Reffitt's case. Judge Friedrich says she'll give the jurors until 4:30 p.m. this afternoon and then bring them back for more deliberations tomorrow if they don't reach a verdict by then.
Jurors were told the DOJ must have proved all four of these elements beyond a reasonable doubt for them to find Guy Reffitt guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding. They may also find he attempted to commit obstruction if he took a "substantial step" toward doing so. Image
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