InfoWars Jan. 6 case could reveal a lot about the case against Ali Alexander and militia members: expert
InfoWars' Owen Shroyer appeared at his hearing Thursday before United States District Judge Tim Kelly in a case that legal analyst Marcy Wheeler said could be an indication of what to expect for event organizer Ali Alexander's case and that of some militia members. Shroyer's lawyer filed a motion to dismiss, which was quickly denied.
"There is no doubt in my mind that probable cause for an arrest existed here," Judge Kelly said.
Shroyer is using the defense that he was on the East steps, which were permitted by Alexander for the event. There was no permit to break into the building. The DOJ doesn't have photos of those men entering the Capitol. Shroyer was on stage with InfoWars leader Alex Jones and Alexander in some of the photos. So the charge of trespassing isn't going to work if they can't prove he was inside the building.
This is significant bc Ali Alexander has been telling the same fairy tale about why he was inciting a riot on the East steps (to both Jan 6 Committee and in lawsuits). And Alex Jones plans to tell the same fairy tale.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1642691603
Shroyer can also claim that because he works for InfoWars he is a journalist, which goes a long way to protecting him. Where he does run into trouble is that he was charged with another crime after he attended a House Judiciary Committee hearing and started yelling at Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). He signed a Prosecution Agreement (DPA) which specifically prohibited him from the Capitol grounds.
Judge Kelly told Shroyer that he and others marched over the caution tape and an "area closed sign" and were told the phrase: "hole you guys breached over there." The bodycam of the officers also shows that one specifically told the men to go somewhere else. There was a sign they walked over that said "area closed" and photos reflect it, as Wheeler pointed out.
Here's the bodycam showing that Shroyer and Alex Jones and Ali Alexander WALKED OVER an "Area Closed" sign.pic.twitter.com/nlgfou1OTH— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1642692461
The judge continued to hear motions, and they closed the hearing with Shroyer's lawyer, Norman Pattis, revealing that he has COVID. So the ruling will come in 45 days.
Investigators doubted South Dakota attorney general Jason Ravnsborg's claims that he was unaware that he had struck a person with his car.
One of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents who handled the investigation into the hit-and-run killing of 55-year-old Joe Boever testified Wednesday during a legislative impeachment hearing that the Republican attorney general had to have realized he had hit a human despite telling authorities he didn't know, reported the Argus Leader.
"You walk by a flashlight that's on and there's a body that's laying within two feet of the roadway ... I believe he would have had to see him," testified Arnie Rummel, one of two BCI agents who investigated Boever's death at the request of Highway Patrol due to Ravsnborg's law enforcement role.
Boever's body was discovered the morning after Ravnsborg told a 911 dispatcher he had struck "something" while driving on Sept. 12, 2020.
Both agents who testified the House impeachment committee said they concluded Ravnsborg was lying after interrogating him and reviewing forensic evidence.
"He did not report what he'd actually seen," Rummel said. "Some of the things we asked him directly about were not factual."
Ravnsborg denied using a cell phone, but the investigation found he had been viewing news articles and Joe Biden conspiracy theories while driving, and he accidentally admitted to seeing the body the night of the crash.
"I don't know exactly where I turned around and saw him," Ravnsborg told investigators during a Sept. 30, 2020, interrogation, before correcting himself. "I didn't see him. I did not see him."
In a battle against Poland's constant smog, scientists are testing out a new "cannon" that uses sound waves to push toxic particles higher into the atmosphere to allow residents to breathe.
Installed on top of a metal container, the experimental device consists of a large upside-down cone that makes a loud sound every six seconds.
The aim is to chase the smog from Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which like many Polish towns and cities faces the problem every winter when residents fire up highly polluting heating systems.
When the sun goes down, a heavy smog descends on the town as chimneys belch out thick smoke.
Poland is one of the most polluted countries in Europe, breaching EU norms by hundreds of percentage points at the worst times of year.
By creating sound waves, researchers say that the "cannon" helps reduce the concentration of harmful PM2.5 and PM10 particles in the town's air.
"We are using a vertical shockwave that is created by the combustion of acetylene and air," said Dominik Grybos from the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, one of the inventors.
"The wave projects the polluted air higher," he told AFP.
The toxic particles are sent up several hundred meters (yards) higher, making them harmless for residents.
"We have found that if we use the cannon for between half an hour and an hour, the pollution is reduced by 15-30 percent within a perimeter of two-three kilometers (1.2-1.9 miles) from the cannon," Grybos said, adding that the effects last for "between one and three hours".
Researchers are trying to work out the required frequency of the blasts, as well as the duration and the time needed for the entire procedure.
The price is estimated at 1,000-1,500 zloty ($250-$375) for one hour of use.
Grybos said he hopes the invention could find a commercial use, particularly in Poland.
Residents of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska are broadly in favor of the idea despite the sound.
"The smog is very heavy here. We can't air our flats because it stinks so much. So, if it can help, let them do the tests," said Jolanta Walkowicz, a 43-year-old accountant.
"We can barely hear the sound -- it's like fireworks going off," she added.
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