‘He has an obligation to them’: Attorney for ‘QAnon shaman’ asks Trump to pardon rioters
[ Editor’s note: I have to say I did not expect to see ‘The Devil made me do it’ defense this early in the game. For those who think that is an unfair statement, then my fallback position is that the shaman’s attorney is offering the “Pied Piper defense”, that his client just followed the flute in a hypnotic state.
Be on the look out for grifter public attorneys competing as to who can come up with the most loony defense so the attorney can come out of this with the free publicity as a “creative” thinker and the ‘go to’ guy for insurrection defense talent.
While the Riot Trumpers may view this as fun and games now, when the investigators have finished drilling down into the roots of the riot, the defense people will take a more serious tone when the accessory to murder charges begin.
The Feds are not going to rush that as they want all their ducks in a row, especially the case law. For now the dead are almost forgotten, but they will be resurrected when the murder charges fill the news headlines.
Watch how fast the smirks and smiles will disappear. But that will not be the end of it. The sifting through the social media is expected to trigger a lot of felony conspiracy charges. Many of these people are going to get hit with multiple charges, and learn that being a revolutionary is not the fun they thought it was going to be… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … January 15, 2021
The lawyer for the “QAnon shaman” who was part of the deadly siege of the Capitol last week publicly petitioned President Donald Trump on Thursday to pardon his client.
In an interview on CNN, attorney Albert Watkins said his client, Jacob Chansley, “felt like he was answering the call of our president” when he stormed the nation’s seat of government last Wednesday during a riot that resulted in the deaths of at least five people.
…In a filing on Thursday, prosecutors said Chansley was as “an active participant in” and “the most prominent symbol of” what they described as a “violent insurrection.” Prosecutors also said Chansley had expressed his intention of returning to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
The language in the filing suggests more severe charges, such as sedition or insurrection, could be coming for those involved in the siege.
Watkins, Chansley’s attorney, said on Thursday that his client, “like a lot of other disenfranchised people in our country, felt very, very, very solidly in sync” with the president — suggesting Chansley was incited to storm the Capitol in Trump’s name.
“He felt like his voice was, for the first time, being heard,” Watkins said. “And what ended up happening, over the course of the lead-up to the election, over the course of the period from the election to Jan. 6 — it was a driving force by a man he hung his hat on, he hitched his wagon to. He loved Trump. Every word, he listens to him.”