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Riot Defense: Too Much Fox
Riot Defense:
Too Much Fox 

Riot Defense: Too Much Fox

Anthony Antonio started believing the election misinformation, lawyer tells judge

(Newser) - Anthony Antonio, who was out of work, spent the six months before the attack on the US Capitol watching Fox News, his lawyer said, absorbing every lie told about the presidential election being stolen from former President Trump. When the pandemic took his job in Chicago, the Washington Post reports,...

Capitol Riot Suspect Has Completely Wild Virtual Court Hearing

Landon Kenneth Copeland will be evaluated for mental competency

(Newser) - It was a chaotic, to say the least, virtual court hearing Thursday for Landon Kenneth Copeland, a 33-year-old Utah man charged in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. Copeland, who is accused of attacking officers during the insurrection attempt, allegedly invited some of his Trump-following friends to log...

National Guard Soldier Charged in Capitol Riot

Abram Markofski is 4th active service member to face federal charges in connection with Jan. 6 attack

(Newser) - A soldier with Wisconsin's National Guard was arrested and charged for his role in the Capitol riot , after investigators say he drove with an associate to DC to attend a rally supporting then-President Trump. CNN reports that Abram Markofski, a private first class assigned to the 1st Battalion, 128...

Rioter Seen in Pelosi Office Released

Richard Barnett to move to home confinement pending trial

(Newser) - Richard Barnett got his wish. The man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has been released on bond almost four months after his arrest , and nearly two months after an outburst in court over his continued detention. A judge...

McCarthy Speaks Out on Call With Trump During Capitol Riot

House minority leader wouldn't confirm GOP congresswoman's account of heated conversation

(Newser) - Kevin McCarthy confirmed Sunday that he did speak with then-President Trump on the phone during the peak of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, but it didn't seem to be the heated "shouting match" it was previously described as—at least not according to McCarthy's update. The...

Capitol Suspect Arrested After Boasting on Dating App

'We are not a match,' woman told him before calling police

(Newser) - When a man on a dating app boasted about storming the Capitol, the woman he messaged told him, "We are not a match," prosecutors say. She then got him a date with the FBI. According to court papers, upstate New York resident Robert Chapman chatted to the woman...

Medical Examiner: Capitol Cop's Death Wasn't Homicide

DC examiner says Sicknick died of natural causes

(Newser) - Two men were charged last month with dousing Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Capitol riot—but a Monday ruling from Washington DC's chief medical examiner makes homicide charges unlikely in the 42-year-old's death. The medical examiner, Francisco Diaz, ruled that Sicknick died of...

100 Days After Capitol Riot, a First Among Defendants

Oath Keepers 'lifetime member' pleads guilty, will cooperate with government in probe

(Newser) - A guitarist for a heavy-metal band who was caught on camera dousing Capitol Police with chemical spray during the Jan. 6 riot just earned a big asterisk, 100 days after the attack: He's the first person to enter a guilty plea for two felony charges and agree to work...

Capitol Officer Won't Be Charged in Babbitt's Death

Prosecutors say he could reasonably have thought he shot in self-defense on Jan. 6

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they won't charge the Capitol Police officer who killed Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran shot during the Jan. 6 riot. Widely circulated videos showed that the officer fired as Babbitt, 35, tried to climb through an opening in the broken glass of a door...

New Report on Capitol Riot Is 'Devastating'

Watchdog report finds Capitol Police were told not to use most powerful crowd-control tools

(Newser) - A new report from the Capitol Police force's internal investigator says that even though the force had advance warnings about the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol, officers were told not to use their most powerful tools for crowd-control. The New York Times calls the watchdog report "...

Poll on Capitol Attack Reveals a 'Huge Problem'

Reuters survey: Half of Republicans say it was mostly peaceful; 80% of Dems say otherwise

(Newser) - It's been almost three months to the day since the Capitol attack , and in its wake, former President Trump and his allies, as well as members of the conservative media, have "publicly painted a picture of the day's events jarringly at odds with reality," as Reuters...

Capitol Officers Hit Trump With Suit: He 'Inflamed' the 'Mob'

James Blassingame, Sidney Hemby say they suffered 'physical and emotional injuries' Jan. 6

(Newser) - On Jan. 6, an "insurrectionist mob" was "inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted" by one person in particular, according to a new lawsuit filed by two Capitol Police officers there. That person, cited in the 40-page complaint filed in federal court in DC, per Al Jazeera...

'Baked Alaska' Wants GPS Monitor Removed

Attorney for 'Baked Alaska' tells judge his client isn't a flight risk

(Newser) - Anthime Gionet's apparent livestreaming of the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 may have helped authorities nab multiple other participants in the riot, and he himself was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry, and...

Trump: Capitol Rioters Were 'Zero Threat, Right From Start'

He says they are being 'persecuted'

(Newser) - Donald Trump appeared on Fox News Thursday night to discuss President Biden's first press conference —but he soon strayed to other subjects, including the Capitol riot. The former president argued on The Ingraham Angle that federal authorities are "persecuting" the rioters but not going after antifa or...

DOJ: Messages Suggest 'Alliance' Made Before Jan. 6

Filing shows what Kelly Meggs, Florida head of the Oath Keepers, allegedly wrote

(Newser) - What Politico calls the first evidence indicating there was coordination among far-right groups in the runup to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack emerged via a Tuesday night Justice Department filing that contained Facebook messages written by the Florida head of the Oath Keepers. A sampling of what Kelly Meggs allegedly...

DOJ Investigating Prosecutor After 60 Minutes Interview on Riot

US District Judge Amit Mehta says Michael Sherwin's interview 'surprised' him

(Newser) - A high-profile 60 Minutes interview on the Capitol riot has jump-started an internal Justice Department probe into the prosecutor who gave it. The piece that aired Sunday featured Michael Sherwin , the former US Attorney in DC who revealed he'd witnessed firsthand the chaos on Jan. 6, and that he...

Cop Is Divorcing Wife Who Was at Capitol Riot

Police say Michael Heinl asked her not to go

(Newser) - A police detective and FBI task force member in Pennsylvania filed for divorce a month after his wife took part in the Capitol riot, according to court records. Shaler Police Chief Sean Frank says Detective Michael Heinl asked his wife not to go Washington on Jan. 6, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

Yes, Sedition Charges Could Be Coming: Prosecutor

Former Justice Dept. official who led probe into Capitol riot thinks evidence points that way

(Newser) - Sedition charges could very well be leveled against some suspects in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, according to the federal prosecutor who led the Justice Department's probe into the riot until recently. Michael R. Sherwin spoke to 60 Minutes on Sunday, as reported by the New ...

Rioter Seen in Pelosi's Office Yells at Judge

Richard Barnett wants to be released on bond

(Newser) - A man charged with breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol exploded in anger during a hearing Thursday, forcing a recess. Richard Barnett, 60, was photographed at a desk in Pelosi's offce during the riot, a stun gun on...

FBI Director on Capitol Riot: We've Found No Antifa Link

Christopher Wray called the attack 'domestic terrorism'

(Newser) - FBI Director Chris Wray categorized the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as "domestic terrorism," but made clear that the bureau has no evidence it came at the hands of far-left violent extremists. "We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribed to...

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