Judge tells court ‘we’re getting all kinds of threats’ over Capitol riot cases

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A federal judge said aides had received threats to preside over cases related to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

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During a hearing on October 22, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton impeached defendants who persistently falsely believe the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, the baseless narrative that fueled the attack, and that sought to overturn lawmakers. continue to defend his attempt to threaten. Result.

“It bothers me that she would try to associate herself with that type of violence,” Judge Walton said during a hearing for Capitol riot defendant Lori Vinson. “Then she goes on television on two occasions and is proud of what she did, and says she will do it again.”


Those comments “have an effect”, he said in US District Court in Washington DC, According to CNN.

“As judges, when we have these cases before us, we are getting all kinds of threats and hostile phone calls, because unfortunately there are other people out there who buy into this offer, even though there was no evidence, that any It was kind of election fraud,” he told the court.

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According to social media post included in court documents, Ms Vinson claimed she was among the first to breach the Capitol on 6 January.

“I was probably one of the first 100 out there and I would say there were several thousand,” she said in a post on Facebook.

She also told a local news outlet that she had been fired after participating in the riots, adding that “I thought what I did was justified, and so I just said I would do it all again tomorrow.” I’ll do it. I’m sorry you don’t see my potential.”

Another local news clip wrote in criminal complaint Against that, she said “I hope it’s something I remember and say ‘I’m glad I was a part of it’ thirty years from now'” and “People have asked ‘Are you sorry that? You did this?’ Absolutely not me. I’m not sorry for that. I’ll do it again tomorrow.”

Ms Vinson and her husband Thomas Vinson pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating or staging a sit-in at the Capitol Building. The sentence carries a possible sentence of up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Judge Walton each handed him five years’ probation and a maximum fine — the largest financial fine ever imposed against a Capitol rioter.

“I want the sentence to hurt,” Judge Walton said. “I want people to understand that if you do something like this, it will hurt. I know it’s a lot of money, but when you associate yourself with this kind of behavior you have to bear the consequences. “

According to a recent progress report from the US Department of Justice, nearly 700 people have been arrested from nearly every state in connection with the attack.

At least 190 people are charged with assaulting or resisting an officer, with more than 60 charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing grievous bodily injury to an officer.

More than 90 people have pleaded guilty to federal charges against them, and more than 80 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors,

Four men convicted of the felony face charges related to assault on law enforcement, and each faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years or more.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Capitol riot

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