Posts Tagged ‘Insurrection’

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[...]

May 18th, 2023 - 3:18 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Ashli Babbitt’s mother is a nutcase

Losing a child is heartbreaking, and grieving parents don’t hurt less if their child was a criminal. Ashli Babbitt was committing a felony when she attacked the final thin line of police defending members of Congress sheltering a few feet away. Subsequent investigations exonerated the cop who [...]

May 5th, 2023 - 11:26 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Kentucky man sets record for longest Jan. 6 sentence

Peter Schwartz (photo, left), 49, a welder from Owensburg, Kentucky, drew the longest prison sentence yet given to a Jan. 6 rioter. He deserves it. Schwartz has 38 prior convictions, 11 involving crimes of violence, some against police officers, which the judge factored that into his sentence. AOL N[...]

April 28th, 2023 - 12:41 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Montana GOPers struggle with American vocabulary

Republicans usually can handle the meanings one-syllable English words, although spelling can be a challenge (e.g. “too” versus “to”); but asking them to comprehend a 4-syllable word is a bridge too far. For example, insurrection ĭn″sə-rĕk′shən noun The act or an inst[...]

April 25th, 2023 - 7:43 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

“Trump made me do it”

“A lawyer for former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio of Florida said Donald Trump is to blame for the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, and federal authorities are using Tarrio as a scapegoat for the former president’s actions,” the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, Ap[...]

April 11th, 2023 - 9:16 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Jan. 6 rioter gets 52 months for fire extinguisher attack

Robert Sanford (photo, left), 57, a retired fireman from Boothwyn, Pennyslvania, was sentenced to 52 months in prison for injuring two police officers with a fire extinguisher during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot (see video below, and read story here). That’s longer than most people need to complete [...]

March 23rd, 2023 - 5:19 pm § in Law and Courts

Little waif blowing in the wind

It’s not the defense attorney’s fault. Making excuses for his client’s criminal behavior is his job. Riley Williams (photo, left), 24, is a high-profile Capitol rioter described by prosecutors as “an ‘accelerant’ of the mob” who “‘gleefully direc[...]