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Capitol riots: Judge rips into insurrectionist in court hearing
Insurrectionists that have been arrested and detained for their involvement in the January 6 riots at the Capitol are receiving their hearings with some up for sentencing. One federal judge took the insurrection personally, as he ripped into one of the rioters who pleaded guilty.
Last week, a federal judge appointed by George W. Bush ripped into an insurrectionist who pleaded guilty for a misdemeanor charge in the Capitol insurrection. Politico reported that federal judge Reggie Walton supposedly “shouted” at insurrectionist Anthony Mariotto shortly after receiving a guilty plea. Walton warned Mariotto to avoid committing another crime again.
“You’ve disgraced this country in the eyes of the world and my inclination would be to lock you up, but since the government isn’t asking me to do that... I won’t,” said Walton. Walton was referring to the sentencing guidelines that did not request prison time for Mariotto.
“I find it outrageous that American citizens would do what you did, so you better walk the straight and narrow, sir, you understand?” Walton warned, to which Mariotto agreed.
“It was an attack on our government, and I love my government,” Walton explained. “This government has been good to me. To see somebody, destroy or try to destroy the Capitol is very troubling to me.”
The Capitol insurrection came as a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump attempted to derail Congress’ formal certification of Joe Biden’s victory under the belief of the false claim of election fraud or a stolen election. The insurrectionists also targeted top Democrats, including vice president Mike Pence, who ultimately chose to break from his boss and presided over the certification. To this day, however, those same insurrectionists, including allies of the former president, continue to peddle the false claims that have already been dismissed in the courts over 60 times.
Meanwhile, conspiracy theorist and attorney Sidney Powell recently suggested that the Capitol insurrection was meant to buy time for the Supreme Court to stop Biden from becoming certified as president. According to Ron Filipkowski, Powell was speaking on last week’s episode of The Stew Peters Show when she made the suggestion.
Powell’s interview suggests that the insurrection was to delay the certification of electoral college votes while giving Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito time to intervene. However, Powell said that they did not anticipate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would reconvene Congress hours after the riots.