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Federal judge Emmet Sullivan this week cited former President Donald Trump's recent statements about the 2020 election as a reason not to allow the release of a man who allegedly took part in the failed insurrection of Jan. 6.
In a 39-page opinion filed on Tuesday, Sullivan explained why he was denying the release of Jack Wade Whitton, who is charged with eight felonies and misdemeanors relating to the Jan. 6 events. Whitton is accused of "brutally" assaulting officers who were guarding the U.S. Capitol.
"[T]he Court concludes that clear and convincing evidence supports a finding that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community," Sullivan explains in the opinion. "Accordingly, the Court orders that Mr. Whitton be detained pending trial."
Sullivan goes on to cite recent statements made by Trump to bolster his point.
"Former President Donald J. Trump continues to make forceful public comments about the 'stolen election,' chastising individuals who did not reject the supposedly illegitimate results that put the current administration in place," the opinion states, noting that Trump had issued an April 4 statement about a "rigged" presidential election.
Sullivan adds: "As was true in Mr. [Jeffrey Sabol's] case, such comments reflect the continued threat posed by individuals like Mr. Whitton, who has demonstrated that he is willing and able to engage in extreme and terrifying levels of violence against law enforcement with a chilling disregard for the rule of law and the lives of law enforcement, seemingly based on mistaken beliefs about the illegitimacy of the current administration. In this regard, Mr. Whitton, like Mr. Sabol, is distinguishable from other Capitol Riot defendants who displayed a dangerous distain for democracy and the rule of law on January 6, 2021, but who did not engage in violence... or who did not direct their 'forceful conduct' toward inflicting injury."
"Accordingly, the government's motion for revocation of Magistrate Judge Cannon's release order is GRANTED. Mr. Whitton shall be detained pending trial," the opinion concludes.
!! WHOA: In the order to keep accused US Capitol rioter Jack Whitton in jail pending trial, DC federal judge Emmet Sullivan specifically cites Donald Trump as reason
**** Trump's Easter tweet & continued "forceful comments" make defendants a threat **** pic.twitter.com/GESUpjMr5P
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 21, 2021
Simon & Schuster has said it will go ahead and publish former US vice president Mike Pence's memoir despite objections from staff who petitioned against the book.
In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, CEO Jonathan Karp said the publisher's mission was to "publish a diversity of voices and perspectives."
"We will, therefore, proceed in our publishing agreement with Vice President Mike Pence," he wrote.
Simon & Schuster announced earlier this month that Pence had inked a deal to write an autobiography detailing his time in former president Donald Trump's administration.
The publisher said it would be a two-book contract, with the first volume tentatively scheduled for publication in 2023.
Two people in the publishing industry said Pence's deal is worth between $3 million and $4 million, CNN reported.
The announcement sparked an outcry from staff who circulated a petition saying that the agreement meant the publisher was "legitimizing bigotry."
The petition, which does not list the number of signatories, accused Pence of pushing policies that discriminated against people of color, LGBTQ groups and women.
"Mike Pence has literal and figurative blood on his hands. We demand you cancel Mike Pence's book deal," it said, according to copies circulating online.
The currently untitled memoir is expected to cover Pence's faith and public service, including his stint as a US congressman, his rise to become the governor of Indiana, and his return to Washington as Trump's number two.
Pence, 61, has largely been on the political sidelines since he and Trump lost the November election to now-President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
But the conservative is Republican widely believed to be considering a presidential run of his own in 2024, and a pre-election memoir would fulfill a step traditionally taken by American politicos mulling higher office.
Last week, Simon & Schuster announced it would not distribute a book written by a police officer involved in the shooting of Black woman Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky last year.
VIDEO: Neo-Nazis hold pitiful rally in Arizona – then their ‘commander’ gets arrested for threatening Black men
A neo-Nazi group's planned rally fizzled in Arizona, and their backup plan to harass random Black people backfired and ended in arrest.
The racist rally was called off after the group was unable to get a permit for the Monday afternoon gathering, so a small group of black-uniformed neo-Nazis met up at another Chandler park They later got into an argument with some Black men in a Mercedes, reported AZ Family.
Burt Colucci, who's identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the current commander of the National Socialist Movement, told police that he confronted the men in a Mercedes for throwing trash on the ground, and they exchanged a torrent of racial slurs at one another during the dispute.
The 45-year-old Colucci, a Florida resident who was in Phoenix for the hate rally, told police he took out his own gun after the Black men threatened to shoot him, but he insists he never pointed the weapon at anyone.
Police left without making any arrests, but they returned hours later after the Black men called them to make their own statement -- which was backed up by another witness.
The men said Colucci threw trash at their car while shouting racist slurs, threatened to kill one of them and pointed his gun, which police later said was loaded at the time.
Police arrested Colucci, who told officers he was the leader of a "white civil rights group," on one count of aggravated assault.
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