The California man arrested for allegedly bringing a machete and knives in his swastika-strewn truck near the DNC has an initial court appearance scheduled to begin soon.

ICYMI, from yesterday at @lawcrimenews.…
Judge reiterates terms of remote access:

No audio or video rebroadcasting—or screenshots.
Court papers do not yet appear to be available on the public docket.
Note about arraignment court:

It is common for several cases to be heard before the one that attracts national media coverage.

This is a case in D.C. Superior Court.
Donald Craighead's case appears to be up now.

His lawyer waives a public reading of the charges, pleads not guilty on his behalf and requests his release.

The govt requests a hold and stay-away order for various locations around Washington, D.C., including the US Capitol.
Craighead's lawyer says: "Here, this is an allegation of a [possession]-only."

"Most of his history, with the exception one is instance, is not dangerous," she says.
Judge: "There is a prior assault charge that involved a weapon" about a year ago.

He orders Craighead to be held without bond.

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14 Sep
Families of 9/11 victims are returning to virtual court for a hearing, starting now, in their suit against Saudi Arabia.

It is the 1st hearing since Biden ordered certain files declassified. One already is.

Background, via @colinkalmbacher @lawcrimenews…
Judge Netburn mentions President Biden's executive order right out the gate.
Netburn: "I appreciate the significance of the president's actions."

She adds it's "not lost on me" that the executive order specifically referenced this case.
Read 5 tweets
14 Sep
Good morning.

Arraignment in the federal civil rights cases against Derek Chauvin and the three other officers with him on the day of George Floyd's death is beginning.

I'll be covering virtually for @LawCrimeNews.

ICYMI: Story on the indictment…
Magistrate Judge Leung presides.

DOJ's lawyers are Manda Sertich and Samantha Trepel.

Eric Nelson reps Derek Chauvin, who confirmed his *virtual* presence through a static-filled feed.

Other officers are appearing through counsel as well.
All of the defendants consent to proceeding virtually via video, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge Leung proceeds with arraignment.
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3 Sep
New order in Ghislaine Maxwell's case:

"Feds Must Disclose ‘Identities of Any Unnamed Co-Conspirators’ to Ghislaine Maxwell, Trial Judge Rules"

Developing story, @LawCrimeNews…
As the hed suggests, the order is about disclosing the identities to the defense.

The story and screenshot further clarify that the identities are limited to those that prosecutors plan to refer to at Maxwell's trial in November.
This could be a rather short list:

Prosecutors say they currently plan to refer to co-conspirator statements by two people—but that could change.

That hedge is one of the grounds Judge Nathan ruled against prosecutors.

There's another very interesting part of the order.
Read 5 tweets
3 Sep
Jacob Chansley's lawyer Albert Watkins is holding a virtual Zoom press conference, scheduled to begin in minutes.

Highlights in this thread.

Read more about his client's guilty plea this morning here.… via @lawcrimenews
Watkins begins, calling his client "The Shaman."

He says his client has "repudiated the Q."

(Chansley is widely known as the "QAnon Shaman.")

"Today, Jake made a monumental step toward doing right by our nation, and doing right by himself. He entered a plea of guilty" to one felony count of obstruction.
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3 Sep
Judge Lamberth just accepted Jacob Chansley's guilty plea.

Developing story. Hearing ongoing.

"Horned, Furred, and Face-Painted ‘Shaman’ of the U.S. Capitol Siege Pleads Guilty in Federal Court"… via @lawcrimenews
Arguments over pre-sentencing release continue:

Despite saying Chansley's psych eval showed him competent, Watkins insists that it also revealed mental health issues warranting release.

"I want to get him healed and on the road to get him further healed."
Judge Lamberth said he'll take the pre-sentencing release issue under advisement.
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3 Sep
Good morning.

The scheduled plea agreement hearing for Jacob Chansley, formerly known as the "QAnon Shaman," appears to be delayed.

I'll be covering it live for @lawcrimenews, once it starts.

Background here:…
A voice on the public line shouted: "Freedom."

That was Chansley's old yelp inside the Capitol.

Needless to say, the line has now been muted. (Folks, please don't ruin public access for the rest of us—press and the public—with silly antics.)
Chansley's lawyer Al Watkins says that his client was found competent.

"I am representing to the court that the defendant has had the opportunity to review in detail the psych eval."

Watkins previously called Jan. 6 defendants "short bus people"…
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