When one other oath-keeper twists the state’s proof within the January 6 riot, the conspiracy case will increase

Tuesday’s plea deal for Oath Keeper Caleb Berry is the third such article to come into effect for prosecutors. Earlier this month Two insurgents made plea deals Mark Grods, a 54-year-old Oath Keeper from Alabama, and Graydon Young, 55, another Florida oath keeper. Both men are believed to provide evidence in the conspiracy case against the 15 other oath-keepers charged in the riot, one that prosecutors have gradually built and that may include the group’s founder and leader. Stewart Rhodes.

Prosecution documents in Berry’s case show that he will admit having surrendered guns at an Arlington, Virginia hotel as part of creating a “rapid reaction force” that the Oath Keepers in Washington, DC, wanted to use should things happen take a violent turn. The leaders of the Oath Keepers have insisted that the guns were only intended for use when anti-fascists showed up to stop them.

Berry also admits that he participated in a tactical “stack” formation of Oath Keepers that played a key role in the mob’s ability to break security barriers in the Capitol on Jan. 6. Planning and supervision by the Oath Keepers near the Capitol before the uprising, as Berry also “traveled to the restricted area of ​​the Capitol and then observed” according to an affidavit on January 5th, the day before.

Tarrio’s guilty plea for burning the BLM banner also included allegations that he carried high-capacity ammunition magazines in his luggage when he was arrested. He is due to be sentenced at the end of August.

He told senior judge Harold L. Cushenberry Jr. that he did not know that the banner was from a nearby African American church.

“If I had known the banner was from a church, it wouldn’t have been burned,” said Tarrio, who also said he doesn’t regret burning a BLM banner because he believes the movement “Terrorized the citizens of this country”. “

The prosecutor overseeing Tarrio’s case stated Cushenberry “for the record” that “nothing in the agreement is intended to prevent the government from bringing different or additional charges against him in the future,” “based on his conduct on the 6th other.” Time. “Tarrio, who was expelled from DC on January 6, said he was not involved in any planning of the event despite the key role the Proud Boys played in the uprising.

Hodgkins was the first of the insurgents to be convicted after the 38-year-old from Tampa, Florida pleaded guilty to obstructing an official trial by entering the Capitol with the mob on Jan. 6. The eight-month sentence was less than half the 18 months the prosecution requested, but District Judge Randolph Moss was more lenient because he had not participated in violence and had a clean criminal record.

“It is important to send a message that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable and that serious damage was done to our country that day,” said Moss. “At the same time, I don’t think that Mr. Hodgkins – other than that he made some very bad decisions that day and did some really bad things that day that caused real harm to the country – that he is a threat or an inherently evil one Is human. “

However, Moss was also aware that he was not buying defense arguments, that the January 6 riot was not a riot: “Although Mr. Hodgkins was only a member of a larger pack, he was actively and deliberately engaged in an event that was not threatened. “Just the security of the Capitol, but democracy itself,” he said. “This is terrifying for many reasons.”

In contrast to other defendants, Hodgkins was also openly regretful: “I can say without the slightest doubt that I really regret and regret my actions in Washington,” he told the judge. “This was a foolish decision on my part that I should take full responsibility for it.”

Other January 6 defendants were openly defiant. One of these defendants – Pauline Bauer of Kane, Pennsylvania – declared herself a sovereign citizen and in her case filed court documents based on the pseudo-legal jumbo of this far-right movement. During her trial on Monday, she repeatedly interrupted the judge and declared herself immune to American law, according to NBC4’s Scott MacFarlane.

“Everyone is independent of all laws, except those of nature,” explained Bauer, who decided to represent herself in court. She added, “I think Americans will be shocked to find out who owns the Capitol building right now.”

Bauer, who represents herself, had previously submitted documents in her case, in which she described herself as a “living soul, God’s creation”, which was a unit separate from the “ship” of crime. She told the judge that she would not let investigative services into her home or give her passport, and called the search of her home “illegal”.

According to court records, Bauer had organized buses full of people for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6 and was a particularly bloodthirsty participant in the Capitol siege.

“This is where we find Nancy Pelosi,” Bauer can be heard in a body camera recording in the Capitol that was presented as evidence by the prosecution. “Get that damn bitch out of here now. Get her out of here. We’ll come in if you don’t bring them out. “

At an appearance in June, Bauer addressed the court with undiluted, sovereign citizen jargon: “I am a free soul, I do not belong to your company, I have a special divine appearance.”

At the hearing on Monday, District Judge Zia Faruqui tried to convince Bauer that she could appoint a lawyer in her case. She refused.

Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League told The Daily Beast that sovereign citizens like Bauer have been deceived by a conspiratorial belief system that has little realism.

“Your files and documents have the look and feel of actual legal files to the layman, but they are really an air of fantasy, magical thinking,” said Pitcavage. “With that all of your arguments fail. Some judges will take the time to cover them topic by topic. Some will dismiss it abruptly or harshly as gibberish. “

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