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May 28th, 2024 - 8:29 pm § in Law and Courts

Jury bias against cop-beaters doesn’t get Capitol rioter a new trial

A federal appeals court has turned away the appeal of a Jan. 6 rioter who claimed juror bias. Thomas Webster, a retired New York cop, went to Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, to prevent certification of the 2020 election. At the Capitol, he tackled and choked Officer Noah Rathbun, grabbed him by [...]

May 27th, 2024 - 5:19 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Rightwing politics and facts don’t mix well

Oil and water don’t mix. Neither do foxes and chickens. Or rightwing politics and facts. Lying is so endemic on the political right that you take it for granted what rightwingers say won’t pass a fact-check or truth-check. Trump’s lies are legion; Washington Post “fact-checke[...]

May 27th, 2024 - 3:18 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Few takers for “Ashli Babbitt Hero March”

The annual “Ashli Babbitt Freedom March,” first held in 2023, is a new Memorial Day tradition in the nation’s capital. Last year the turnout was about a dozen people, judging from counting the noses in the video here. It’s not easy to find out how many people turned out today[...]

May 24th, 2024 - 10:11 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Capitol rioter gets 12 years from Trump-appointed judge

Federal Judge Trevor McFadden (bio here), a Trump appointee, sentenced Christopher Quaglin (photo, left), a New Jersey electrician, to 12 years in prison for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection. Quaglin didn’t help himself by mouthing off to the judge and expressin[...]

May 22nd, 2024 - 6:21 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

MAGA flag was seen at Alito vacation home

Someone in Justice Alito’s household is flying their politics on flagpoles. First it was an American flag flying upside at his Alexandria, Virginia, home (see my article here). Alito, who came under criticism for this, claims his wife did it after arguing with a neighbor over his “F̵[...]

May 16th, 2024 - 1:08 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Romney asserts Biden should have pardoned Trump

Sen. Mitt Romney (aka Pierre Delecto, pictured at left; for explanation, go here) declared Biden “should have pardoned Donald Trump on all federal criminal charges the moment they were announced,” The Guardian reported (here) on May 15, 2024. This should instantly strike you as anomalous (it did[...]

June 21st, 2023 - 5:17 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

Capitol rioter gets 12½ years for tasing Office Fanone

     Daniel Rodriguez (photo, left), 40, of Fontana, California, is the rioter who tased Officer Michael Fanone in the neck during the Jan. 6 riot.      A federal judge sentenced him to 12½ years in prison on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, CNN reported here.      Prosecutors characterized Rodri[...]

June 4th, 2023 - 1:12 am § in Politics

D.C. has the best protests

Honking horns! sirens! confrontations! You can get that in lots of cities, but only Washington D.C. has a live streamer calling herself “Anarchy Princess” who marches in front of Jan. 6 sympathizers shouting into a megaphone: “Terrorists coming, watch out, there’s terrorists behind m[...]

May 26th, 2023 - 3:18 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Oath Keepers sentences

Leading figures in the Oath Keepers, a rightwing paramilitary group (details here), are getting the longest Capitol riot sentences so far. It seems pretty clear federal courts consider the group revolutionaries. But their sentences for Jan. 6 crimes also reflect judges’ reaction to advance pla[...]

May 25th, 2023 - 6:19 pm § in Law and Courts

Two in, one out

On the same day Oath Keeper honchos Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs were sentenced to 18 and 12 years in prison (see stories here and here), Jacob Chansley, the s0-called “QAnon Shaman,” was released from a halfway house (see story here). Chansley (photo, left), a full-time protester befo[...]