We received another set of Jan. 6 videos Friday in the case of Jeffrey Sabol, who is renewing his effort to get released from pretrial detention. Govt opposes, cites these videos that appear to show him charging police (ID'd as person in tan jacket + green backpack).

Video #1:
Video #2:
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Video #4:
Video #5 (last one):
Previously on what Sabol is arguing in favor of release. Judge held a hearing and heard arguments on Oct. 8, and is set to continue that hearing Oct. 27
We received another set of videos in connection with the detention fight in Sabol's case, more on what those showed:

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12 Oct
Dialed in as the AUSA is defending the govt's recc of probation, says it's appropriate under the circumstances, noting Bissey would be under govt supervision for 3 years and highlighting her susceptibility to believe in "dangerous" conspiracy theories
AUSA notes that if they asked for jail time, the period of govt supervision after that would be capped at 6 mos, versus the 3 years that they're asking for
Ongoing tension here in the Jan. 6 cases: Govt says someone like Bissey is a problem because of her willingness to act on conspiracy theories she consumed. Defense counsel argues she should be punished based on conduct that day, not beliefs, as "strange" or "weird" as they are
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12 Oct
Hello from Judge Trevor McFadden's courtroom, where sentencing is about to begin for Jan. 6 def Eliel Rosa. Rosa pleaded guilty to one count of parading, picketing, demonstrating in the Capitol — govt wants 1 month home confinement + probation, Rosa wants probation only ImageImage
The sentencing is in-person before McFadden but I'm dialed in to the public line, info attached if you'd like to listen along Image
Rosa was charged with Jenny Cudd, her case remains pending. Both were indicted for obstructing an official proceeding (felony) + misdemeanors, but Rosa was able to plead solely to a misdemeanor; govt says he gets credit for turning himself in early and minimal conduct on Jan. 6 Image
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9 Oct
Now: Texas's 6-week abortion ban law, SB 8, is in effect again for now — the 5th Circuit has granted a temporary, administrative stay of this week's preliminary injunction (which halted enforcement of SB 8) to consider the state's request for a longer stay pending appeal
DOJ will have until Tuesday at 5pm CT to respond to Texas's request for a longer-term stay of Judge Pitman's injunction while the state pursues its appeal of that order
Note that this is a different 5th Circuit panel than the earlier SB 8 case case to reach the court. Judge James Ho is one of the most conservative, vocally anti-abortion judges in the country, but Judge Carl Stewart is part of the court's minority of liberal-leaning judges
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8 Oct
Sentencing is set to begin soon in the case of Jan. 6 defendant Robert Reeder — he'd pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor, but his Aug. sentencing got pushed back when new videos surfaced hours before the hearing that appeared to show him assaulting police: buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Prosecutors ultimately decided not to press more charges against Reeder, but notified the court that they'd be arguing for 6 mos in prison (the max for the misdemeanor he pleaded guilty to) instead of the 2 mos they'd originally recommended
The govt filed a series of slides this a.m. as part of its sentencing presentation: s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2108…

Prosecutors will argue he wasn't a "tourist" (buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…) and highlight his online activity promoting election conspiracy theories and confrontation w/ police
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7 Oct
Hello from Judge Emmet Sullivan's virtual courtroom, where a plea hearing is underway for Jan. 6 defendant James Bonet. Govt featured screenshots of what Bonet allegedly posted from the Capitol, incl. what appears to be him smoking weed inside s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2046…
Sullivan began by asking Bonet why he's decided to plead guilty.

Bonet: "Um, I think it's because I agree what was said about me and everything."

Sullivan: "You're pleading guilty because you're guilty of this offense?"

Bonet: "Yessir."
Bonet had been indicted on one felony for obstructing an official proceeding, but is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for entering and remaining in a restricted building — class A, max sentence of up to 1 year in prison, judge says est'd guideline range is 0-6 mos
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7 Oct
Last night, a federal judge in Texas halted enforcement of the state's 6-week abortion ban. Texas filed a notice of appeal, but as of now there is no docketed action in the 5th Circuit. We'll continue to provide updates as this all unfolds.
US District Judge Robert Pitman denied Texas's request to place his own ruling on hold if he granted DOJ's request for a preliminary injunction:

"This Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right." buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
An immediate practical effect of Pitman's injunction is that state courts in Texas are prohibited from accepting, processing, or doing anything else to facilitate the private lawsuits that SB 8 permitted to enforce the abortion ban. buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
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