‘The country is watching’: Judge sentences Capitol rioter to 45 days in prison

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A US district court judge sentenced a Texas man who was part of the January 6 Capitol riots to 45 days in prison, saying she could not let a protester get away with a “slap on the wrist” .

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The sentence for Matthew Majocco was over and above the prosecutor’s suggestion of a three-month detention. This is the first Capitol riots case where a judge ordered a prison sentence, even though prosecutors did not demand it.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, while ordering the prison sentence, said, “Because the country is looking at what are the consequences of what has never happened in this country before, for actions and crimes that violate the rule of law and our undermine democracy.” informed of Washington Post.


The judge also criticized the comparison between the Capitol riots and the anti-racist Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests.

The judge said it was a false analogy to compare the “actions of people protesting mostly peacefully, mostly for civil rights” to the Capitol riot mob. “The January 6 riots ignored the very real threat to the very foundation of our democracy,” Ms Chutkan said.

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His remarks come days after another judge in Washington asked why federal prosecutors had not brought more cases against people who participated in protests condemning the killing of George Floyd by a police officer last year. Was. Judge Trevor McFadden said last week that the US Justice Department “would have more credibility if it was similar in its concern about riots and mobs in this city.”

On Monday, Judge Chutkan acknowledged that some Floyd protests had turned violent, but “flatly” disagreed with the suggestion that capital riot protesters were being treated unfairly. In fact, he said he believed the pro-Trump mob that stormed the iconic administrative building in Washington was being lenient.

Judge Chutkan said that most of the protesters, like Majoko, were allowed to return home and were charged with misdemeanor despite participating in a “pre-planned decision to come to the district to try to prevent a peaceful transfer of power”.

About 90 Capitol riot protesters have confessed to their crime. Mazzoko is the tenth and fourth to be sentenced to prison for the misdemeanor. The FBI has arrested more than 600 people in connection with the riots.

On January 6, Mezzoco spent 12 minutes inside the Capitol building and shared a selfie on Facebook titled “The capital is ours”.

Describing his act of entering the building as “one of the most foolish and impulsive decisions” of his life, Mazocco said he was genuinely sorry for his action and said it took a toll on him. And made countless death threats.

In a letter to the judge, Mazocco said: “From that day on, I have lived with a sense of shame, sorrow and remorse, not because I am going through legal troubles, but because I see the country Whom I love dearly. Divided dearly like never before.”

The judge said that even though he didn’t steal, destroy or hurt anyone on January 6, his involvement needed time. He said that the rioters who committed violence that day did so because they had the security of numbers thanks to people like Majoko.

The judge also accused Texans of participating in protests to support former US President Donald Trump, “which he saw as the election was taken from him”, adding that he was there for love or support for the country. had not gone.

On January 6, a pro-Trump crowd surrounded the Capitol to prevent authentication of President Joe Biden’s election victory. The attack sparked an inflammatory speech by Mr Trump as part of his “stop the piracy” campaign, in which he reiterated his false claim that the 2020 election was rigged.

Judge McFadden’s views are shared by many of Capitol Hill protesters and their Republican allies. He believes the top US federal law body is treating the rioters harshly for their political views, but is shunning those involved in the BLM protest.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Democracy

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