Suspected January 6 rioter remains in prison, Oath Keeper released | News on the coronavirus pandemic
Lawsuits over criminal charges related to the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill continue in the United States as judges decide to keep some figures in pre-trial detention while others are released.
Jacob Chansley, 33, the man known as ‘Q Shaman’, who was pictured wearing fur and horns inside the Senate, was ordered to remain in jail ahead of his trial on Monday by the U.S. District Court Judge Royce C Lamberth.
Chansley’s lawyers claimed in court documents last month that he could not be vaccinated against COVID-19 due to his religion, making it difficult to speak with his legal representation, given security protocols.
Court documents claim that Chansley practices what appears to be an exclusive form of shamanism, taking aspects of QAnon’s vast body of conspiracies, which are framed by an elite global cabal working to advance a liberal agenda and harvest the children’s blood. stay young, established religions.
QAnon members believes former President Donald Trump was chosen to defeat the cabal, which observers say was a motivating factor in the January 6 riot, which was heavily attended by members of the far right and militia, which disrupted Congress in a joint session certifying President Joe Biden’s November election victory.
Chat rooms used by alleged QAnon adherents are currently filled with anti-vaccine rhetoric, like the jab becomes more widely available in the USA.
Chansley’s attorneys wrote that “his long standing status as a practicing shaman prevents him from getting any vaccination into his body.”
The argument was not accepted for the judge. “To put it plainly, the defendant’s religious objection to the COVID-19 vaccine is not a relevant reason, let alone a ‘compelling reason’, for granting his temporary release,” Lamberth wrote in the opinion denying the claim. release of Chansley.
While Chansley will remain in pre-trial detention, a member of a militia involved in the January 6 riot was released on bail in a separate case on Monday.
Court documents say Roberto Minuta, 36, who owns a tattoo shop in Newburgh, New York, “berated and taunted” US Capitol police while dressed in military-style gear , then attacked the Capitol and disrupted Congress as he certified President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Minuta later deleted a Facebook account to “cover up his involvement in these offenses,” according to court documents. He faces charges of obstruction of formal proceedings, illegal entry and forgery of documents.
Deputy US Attorney Benjamin Gianforti said Minuta was a danger to the community and should have been detained, arguing that he had “messed up for some fight”, and that his motives remain. Gianforti also cited possession of a firearm as a ground for detention.
Federal public defender Ben Gold countered that gun possession was not a reason to detain Minuta and that the accused was planning to sell the guns. Krause ordered Minuta to dispose of his weapons on Tuesday.
The bond was set at $ 150,000 by US Justice of the Peace Andrew Krause at a hearing in White Plains, New York, two days after the accused’s arrest.
Krause said while the charges were “most certainly” serious, he saw no evidence that Minuta had committed violence and that prosecutors may have overestimated the risk of violence because he was wearing military-style gear. .
Krause said the accused could travel between New York and Texas, where his wife and two children live. He faces charges of obstruction of formal proceedings, illegal entry and forgery of documents.
Minuta is the latest suspected associate of the Oath Keepers to face charges for his role in the Capitol Riots, in which more than 100 police officers were assaulted, one was killed and the Capitol suffered millions of dollars in damage- interests.
Last month, a grand jury indicted nine partners Oath Keepers on charges they conspired to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory. Several of them have since pleaded not guilty.
More than 300 people have been arrested by authorities in connection with the January 6 riot as law enforcement continues to investigate the event.