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Lawyers for Proud Boys leader made a strange argument for why he should be released -- and a judge slapped it down
On Wednesday, WUSA9 reported that a federal judge swatted aside the argument of leading Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola, who participated in the January 6 Capitol attack and now wants to be released ahead of trial.
"In their most recent motion, filed late last month, [Attorneys Marty] Tankleff and [Steven] Metcalf argued Pezzola's constitutional rights are being violated by the restrictions the D.C. Jail places on his access to the voluminous evidence in the case," reported Jordan Fischer, Eric Flack, and Stephanie Wilson. "The Department of Justice says it has already identified more than 2,300 hundred hours of body-camera footage alone, and another 7,000 hours of video from the U.S. Capitol Police."
But according to federal Judge Timothy Kelly, this argument has no precedent in law.
"There's no case in which a judge reached this conclusion," said Kelly. "It has never been grounds, that I've been able to find, to say that the remedy is that I should release him, as opposed to fix the problem and get him access to the evidence and counsel."
Pezzola, who allegedly stole a riot shield from a Capitol Police officer, is one of several Proud Boys facing serious charges in connection with the Capitol riot. A self-styled "Western Chauvinist" group, the Proud Boys have ties to white supremacy and are known for violent street brawls.
MAGA-rioting former sheriff's deputy gets reamed out by judge for 'outrageous' attacks on fellow cops
A former Tennessee sheriff's deputy who took part on the January 6th MAGA riots got reamed out by a judge on Wednesday for his decision to attack police officers while wearing a "Sheriff" patch.
As reported by Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly, former deputy Ronald Colton McAbee appeared before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan this week to make his case for why he should be released ahead of his trial.
McAbee's lawyers tried to argue that video footage showed their client actually trying to help a Capitol police officer -- and they claimed that he only shoved a separate police officer after the officer shoved him first.
However, Sullivan didn't appear to buy this excuse and called it "outrageous" that McAbee would wear a "Sheriff" patch to a riot where police officers were severely beaten.
"He's raised his right hand, probably put his left hand on the Bible, more than once and swore to administer justice," Sullivan said. "If he didn't do that on Jan. 6, how can the court take any comfort in knowing that he will abide by the court's directives to do certain things going forward?"
Assistant U.S. Attorney Benet Kearney echoed Sullivan's remarks in making his case for why McAbee should be kept behind bars ahead of his trial.
"Frankly, this is a defendant who has taken oaths before. He swore oaths in multiple sheriffs' offices that he would uphold the law," he said. "This is someone who uses his badge and authority when it works for him, and disregards it when it does not."
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack the U.S. Capitol is investigating the day as a coup attempt, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.
Schiff, a former federal prosecutor who chairs the House Intel Committee and was the lead impeachment manger in Trump's first trial, was interviewed by MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace.
Wallace noted that Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that the 6-part plan to install Trump as president after he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden "outlines a coup" attempt — and called out Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as "the go-to options for doing their overthrow."
Describing Jan. 6 as a coup is nothing new for Kinzinger, an Air Force Lt. Colonel currently serving in the Air National Guard. The Illinois Republican described the events as a coup as they happened.
"Is the select committee investigating a conspiracy to commit a coup?" Wallace asked Schiff.
"Yes," he replied. "And i think Adam is exactly right."
Schiff went on to explain that the commission isn't just looking at the Capitol riots but also the "quasi-legal means" Trump and his allies used that "so undermine our democracy that it creates a crisis and it falls apart."
"This is what the Republicans tried to do, the Trump campaign and administration tried to do with this memo, but it's also what GOP party leaders are trying to do around the country by stripping independent elections officials of their powers and handing them to partisan boards, so they can succeed where they failed with this attempted coup," he continued.
"That is, if they can't disenfranchise enough people and they still lose, this gives them the chance through the patina of legality to overturn the results. And that, to me, is the most desperate risk that our democracy faces," Schiff said.
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack the U.S. Capitol is investigating the day as a coup attempt, Sch… https://t.co/SHfkkFz6Sw— Bob Brigham (@Bob Brigham) 1632345027.0
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