[ Editor’s Note: We are seeing a growing trend in these Jan 6 defendants being sentenced where, despite the extensive winding them up on social media and the fiery morning speeches pouring gas on the burning embers of Trump having lost the election, those that broke into the Capitol to stop the certification did not have bayonets at their backs.
The Trump gang is still lashed to its defense mast of thinking that trying to stop the certification as ‘political activity’, but these DC judges are not babes in the woods and have a lot of experience dealing with political spin AND unscrupulous people inside government.
Those that heeded Trump’s call to the ‘protest’ but refrained from aggressive activities are not standing in the dock. They simply went home and saw what happened in more detail with the Capitol interior security camera footage coming online to mix with that of the idiot attackers that breached the defenses.
And let us not forget that Capitol police force members participated in assisting the insurrectionists. Some intel old timers view that action as an orchestrated standdown.
The guilty must be identified, prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law to serve as a lasting deterrent… Jim W. Dean ]
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First published … December 01, 2021
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson described the actions of Donald Trump and others as a key driver of what would ultimately become the violent assault that left more than 140 police officers injured and four members of the mob dead.
Though she didn’t name Trump, Jackson clearly referred to his remarks when she described the goal of those leading the Jan. 6 rally.
She said their efforts “deliberately stoked the flames of fear and discontent and explicitly encouraged [attendees] to go to the Capitol and fight for one reason and one reason only: to make sure the certification of the election didn’t happen.”
… Judges on the federal bench in Washington, D.C., have expressed a range of views about the culpability of the former president for the riot, but several, like Jackson, have more squarely put the onus on Trump in recent weeks.
…“No one was swept away to the Capitol. No one was carried,” she said to Peterson. “There may be others who bear greater responsibility and should be held accountable. But this is not their day in court. It’s yours.”
Judge Amy Berman Jackson wikipedia bio
Amy Berman was born on July 22, 1954, in Baltimore, Maryland, She is the daughter of Mildred (Sauber) and Barnett Berman, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1979.
After graduating from law school, Jackson served as a law clerk to Judge Harrison L. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1980 to 1986, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she received Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards for her work on high-profile murder and sexual assault cases in 1985 and 1986. From 1986 to 1994, Jackson was an associate and then a partner at Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti.
From 2000 until her appointment as a federal judge, Jackson was a member of the law firm Trout Cacheris & Solomon PLLC in Washington, D.C. where she specialized in complex litigation, criminal investigations and defense, criminal trials, civil trials, and appeals. In 2009 Jackson represented nine-term Representative for Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district William J. Jefferson in his corruption trial.
Jackson has served as a legal commentator for Fox News, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC.
Nomination and confirmation
On June 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Jackson to fill a vacant seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia that was created in 2007 when Judge Gladys Kessler took senior status. She was unanimously rated “well qualified” for the post by the American Bar Association‘s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (the committee’s highest rating). Her nomination lapsed at the end of the 111th Congress; Obama renominated her on January 5, 2011, at the beginning of the 112th Congress. The United States Senate confirmed Jackson on March 17, 2011, on a 97–0 vote. She received her commission the next day.
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Ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse. Though ignorance does play a much larger than normal role in the insurrection case, many of the light sentences previously have inferred that ignorance or the direction of others, namely Trump, has been rewarded with empathy by the court.
If this was the real revolution, the trial would have been a blindfold and bullet against the nearest wall.
“Judge Jackson: Trump and allies ‘stoked the flames of fear’ that led to Jan. 6 violence”
Judge Jackson recognized “the flames of fear” which sparked the “Jan. 6 violence.”
She probably followed the trail of smoke leading to the most prominent mountain of inflammatory political rhetoric this country has seen on a long time.
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