…excerpted from AP
[ Editor’s Note: The Jan 6 rioter trials continue to convict those with clear video evidence of their violence on that day. The Insurrection planners forgot to give out free full face ski masks to everybody.
And then you had the idiots wanted to broadcast what then did on social media, dumber than dirt total airheads, fortunately. We should see all those involved in violence during the event convicted, while those that went in and roamed around are getting trespassing/entering a restricted area convictions.
The militia people may all be looking at full insurrection convictions besides the few that might roll over on the others. Some may say that Trump spurred them on, which he certainly did, but he might be joining them in the joint to explain it all to them.
The country needs to create a strong deterrrent to prevent any such attempts. We are paying a huge price for the disaster, and the Republican Congressmen especially should get their full measure to send a message to that body, and to the Republicans in general.
Frankly I think the whole party needs to be put on probation with parole officers. We have a half dozed that need them right now! It’s going to be quite a June show for the tired Jan6 Committee… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … May 02, 2022
WASHINGTON — A federal jury on Monday convicted a New York Police Department veteran of assaulting an officer during the U.S. Capitol riot, rejecting his claim that he was defending himself when he tackled the officer and grabbed his gas mask.
Thomas Webster, a 20-year NYPD veteran, was the first Capitol riot defendant to be tried on an assault charge and the first to present a jury with a self-defense argument. Webster, who was wearing a face mask in court, showed no obvious reaction to the verdict finding him guilty of all six counts against him.
Webster, 56, testified that he was trying to protect himself from a “rogue cop” who punched him in the face. He also accused the Metropolitan Police Department officer, Noah Rathbun, of instigating the confrontation.
Rathbun testified that he didn’t punch or pick a fight with Webster as a violent mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, disrupting Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory over then-President Donald Trump.
Webster’s jury trial was the fourth for a Capitol riot case. The first three defendants to get a jury trial were convicted of all charges in their respective indictments.