Jan. 6 trial

October 19, 2021

Woman who called Jan. 6 the ‘best f—ing day ever’ sentenced

A Jan. 6 Capitol riot participant who called the event the “best f—ing day ever” received a sentence of 14 days of incarceration and 60 hours of community service.

Indiana resident Dona Sue Bissey also has to pay $500 in restitution.

In July, Bissey pled guilty to a single charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. Authorities dropped three other charges against her as part of the plea agreement.

Bissey and a friend went to the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the breach of the Capitol. The pair were inside for roughly 10 minutes.

Bissey posted photos and videos of the incident on Facebook showing the women inside of the Capitol. The caption read “Inside Capitol Building.”

“Best f—ing day ever!! I’ll never forget,” Bissey wrote in a Facebook comment.

Witnesses brought the Facebook posts to the attention of authorities.


Woman who called Jan. 6 ‘best f—ing day ever’ sentenced to jail

October 18, 2021

Judge holds jail officials in contempt, requests probe into abuse of Jan. 6 defendants’ rights

US District Judge Royce Lamberth held two of the District of Columbia’s high-ranking jail officials in contempt of court and asked the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of inmates’ civil rights.

Judge Lamberth ordered Quincy Booth, the director of the city’s Department of Corrections, and Wanda Patten, the warden of the DC Jail, to be held in contempt of court.

Lamberth initially summoned the officials as part of the criminal case into Christopher Worrell, a Proud Boys member charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The ruling comes after Lamberth found an “inexcusable” delay in jail officials turning over Worrell’s medical documents. Worrell broke his wrist in May and still hasn’t undergone the recommended surgery.

“He’s needed an operation. He hasn’t gotten it,” Lamberth said.


Judge holds Washington, DC, jail officials in contempt in a Jan. 6 riot case

October 9, 2021

Pelosi’s alleged laptop thief formally charged

The Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was formally charged.

Riley June Williams, 22, received an indictment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing her of stealing the laptop from Pelosi’s office and attempting to sell it to Russians. An unsealed indictment said authorities arrested Williams for the alleged crime not long after the riot and formally charged her this week.

Williams faces an additional charge of resisting police.

According to court documents, video footage reveals Williams instructed a man to put on gloves while handling the laptop.

“Dude, put on gloves,” Williams said in the video, as a gloved hand took the laptop from a desk.

According to the indictment, a social media account linked to Williams shared a post bragging about stealing from Pelosi. A witness alleged that Williams attempted to “send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.” It is unclear why the plan was unsuccessful.


Woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop formally charged

October 3, 2021

Federal judge wonders if Capitol rioters are experiencing a double-standard

US District Judge Trevor McFadden questioned if Capitol riot defendants are experiencing a double standard or not.

McFadden, appointed by former President Trump, proposed that the rioters were receiving harsher treatment than DC rioters following the murder of George Floyd.

“The US Attorney’s Office would have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in the city,” McFadden said.

Over 600 people have been charged in connection to the events of Jan. 6.


Judge questions if Capitol rioters are being treated fairly

September 4, 2021

Capitol riot defendant sent back to jail for using internet

A participant in the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot had to go back to jail after using the internet to engage with conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ordered Doug Jensen to return to jail. Kelly said Jensen had been released on July 13 contingent on strict conditions that included a moratorium on internet access and cellphone use.

A few days earlier, a federal officer found Jensen in his garage using the Rumble app, a video-sharing platform popular with conservatives, on an iPhone.

The judge noted that he had released Jensen after the 42-year-old claimed that he had an epiphany and realized the QAnon conspiracy theory was a “pack of lies.”

“It’s now clear that he has not experienced a transformation and that he continues to seek out those conspiracy theories that led to his dangerous conduct on Jan. 6,” Kelly said. “I don’t see any reason to believe that he has had the wake-up call that he needs.”


Jan. 6 riot defendant returned to jail for using internet

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