“Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti claims he suffered mistreatment in federal custody — including only being given former President Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal to read — and is seeking $94 million in damages from the Bureau of Prisons,” Insider reports.
“A federal grand jury has indicted Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby on charges of perjury and making false statements with a series of financial transactions that helped her buy a condo on Florida’s Gulf Coast and another property near Orlando, Florida,” the Baltimore Sun reports.
“President Joe Biden is planning to sign executive actions on police reform as early as this month, as his administration seeks to unilaterally jumpstart an issue that’s a top priority for a key constituency,” NBC News reports.
“Stewart Rhodes, the leader and founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, was arrested on Thursday and charged with seditious conspiracy for organizing a wide-ranging plot to storm the Capitol last Jan. 6 and disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory,” the New York Times reports.
“The arrest of Mr. Rhodes was a major step forward in the sprawling investigation of the Capitol attack and the case marked the first time that prosecutors had filed charges of sedition.”
“U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Michigan woman on multiple gun charges after she drove to Washington and told officers she wanted to talk about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot,” CNBC reports.
“FBI agents infiltrated an alleged plot to kidnap and hurt Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by hiding recording devices in key fobs that captured conversations among undercover informants and accused plotters,” the Detroit News reports.
A North Carolina woman who brought her 14-year-old son into the U.S. Capitol during last year’s riot was sentenced Friday to three months imprisonment, the AP reports.
Said the judge: “It must have been a traumatic experience to witness this kind of violence. It’s a complete lack of judgment on your part.”
Although Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) apologized to Tucker Carlson for calling the Capitol rioters terrorists, Reuters notes that federal prosecutors have categorized more than 150 January 6 cases as being “domestic terrorism” in their internal case-tracking reports.
And Politico points out that about 45 defendants “are charged with a crime on the terrorism list: depredation of federal property.”
Florida has more citizens involved in federal cases regarding the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol than any other state by far, Axios reports.
Attorney General Merrick Garland gave an update on the Justice Department’s investigation into the Capitol riot during a press conference Wednesday, emphasizing that the department has “no higher priority” than holding those accountable responsible, Axios reports.
New York Times: “The government estimates that as many as 2,500 people who took part in the events of Jan. 6 could be charged with federal crimes. That includes more than 1,000 incidents that prosecutors believe could be assaults.”
“As of this week, more than 225 people have been accused of attacking or interfering with the police that day. About 275 have been charged with what the government describes as the chief political crime on Jan. 6: obstructing Congress’s duty to certify the 2020 presidential vote count. A little over 300 people have been charged with petty crimes alone, mostly trespassing and disorderly conduct.”
“But a big question hangs over the prosecutions: Will the Justice Department move beyond charging the rioters themselves?”
“Three more police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — including two who aided the evacuation of lawmakers — have sued Donald Trump, seeking damages for their physical and emotional injuries,” Politico reports.
“Another seven filed suit in August.”
Jenna Ryan, who was sentenced to 60 days in prison for taking part in the Capitol riot, told NBC News that she regretted entering the Capitol “but still portrayed herself as a victim.”
“She went so far as to assert that the backlash she has received is akin to the experience of ‘the Jews in Germany.'”
Said Ryan: “They’re making fun of my skin color. They’re calling me an ‘insurrection Barbie.'”
“A year after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, Attorney General Merrick Garland faces critical decisions about whether to indict the former president or his top advisers as the Justice Department continues to fend off charges of politicization,” Bloomberg reports.
“More than 150 people have pleaded guilty to storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, but relatively few defendants have received prison time for their role in the insurrection,” Politico reports.
“A Politico analysis of every sentence to date in the Capitol riot shows that judges have been wary about imposing long prison terms except when violence, or the threat of it, was involved. A little over half of defendants who have pleaded guilty are still awaiting sentencing, and some of the most serious cases of violence against police officers are still awaiting their fate, so the length of prison time for the most serious offenders may change.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland will give a speech Wednesday about the Justice Department’s efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, stressing the department’s “unwavering commitment to defend Americans and American democracy from violence and threats of violence,” the Washington Post reports.
“Days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year, federal law enforcement officials pursued two high-profile extremist groups: the far-right nationalist Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers militia. Members of both organizations were quickly arrested on attention-grabbing charges, accused of plotting to interfere with the certification of the 2020 vote count,” the New York Times reports.
“Now congressional investigators are examining the role of another right-wing paramilitary group that was involved in a less publicly visible yet still expansive effort to keep President Donald Trump in power: the 1st Amendment Praetorian.”
“Alvin Bragg has already notched one historic first, taking office Saturday as Manhattan’s first Black district attorney,” the AP reports.
“Now he’s weighing another: whether to make Donald Trump the first former president ever charged with a crime.”
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