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An attorney representing accused MAGA rioter Robert Morss has accused the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol of harming his client's ability to get a fair trial.
In a new court filing flagged by CBS News' Scott MacFarlane, Morss's defense attorney is now arguing that the J6 Committee's public hearings "have poisoned the jury pool" against their client.
The filing goes on to claim that the committee has "spoon fed to the entire nation a precisely choreographed rendition of Jan. 6th defendants as insurrectionists and murderous orchestrators of an attempted coup."
The 28-year-old Morss was a Pennsylvania-based substitute teacher whom federal prosecutors allege was caught on camera multiple times fighting with law enforcement officers during the deadly riots at the Capitol.
Video also allegedly shows him organizing a "shield wall" aimed at breaking through a line of officers in the Capitol building's Lower West Terrace tunnel.
He currently faces charges of assaulting officers, civil disorder, robbery of personal property of the U.S. and obstruction of an official proceeding.
A Republican candidate for Michigan governor will be arraigned on federal charges related to his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Ryan Kelley was arrested June 9 by the FBI on misdemeanor charges and released that afternoon, but he is now being arraigned on federal charges accusing him of violent actions at the U.S. Capitol, reported WDIV-TV.
The 40-year-old Kelley was accused of climbing scaffolding outside the Capitol and repeatedly urging the mob of Donald Trump supporters to enter the building, where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden's election win, and engaging in violent activity while on restricted grounds.
He's charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against person or property in any restricted building or grounds, and willfully injuring or committing any depredation against any property of the United States.
Kelley is among five GOP candidates remaining in the Aug. 2 primary after five other candidates were prohibited from running due to insufficient nominating signatures.
Officers from the Providence Police Department are coming under scrutiny after video showed them slamming the head of a handcuffed suspect onto the pavement after they arrested him for leaving his car parked unattended in a travel lane.
The Boston Globe reports that the police report of the incident described 21-year-old Armando Rivas as reacting defiantly when police confronted him about illegally parking in a travel lane, and they said they had to forcibly bring him to the ground in order to secure his arrest.
However, video taken at the scene shows that police left out a key detail from their report: Namely, that they slammed Rivas's head to the pavement even after he had been subdued while lying face-first on the ground.
"From the video, it appears that Rivas was already handcuffed when [Providence Police Officer Stephen] Gencarella grabbed his head and smacked it down," the Boston Globe notes.
The Providence Police Department and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office have both opened investigations into the incident.
Rivas has since been charged with counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and simple assault.
Watch video of the incident below.
Providence Police Incident, July 3rd www.youtube.com