Richard “Bigo” Barnett was photographed along with his ft on Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk, and allegedly had a stun gun through the occasions of Jan. 6.
WASHINGTON — One in every of many lasting photographs of the Jan. 6 rebellion is a photograph from courtroom paperwork allegedly displaying an Arkansas man along with his ft propped up on Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace desk. Richard Barnett faces a number of federal prices together with one felony for his alleged involvement within the violent storming of the Capitol.
Barnett is accused of breaking into Pelosi’s workplace and never solely propping his ft up on her desk, but additionally stealing a few of her mail on his method out the door.
On Thursday, Barnett appeared nearly in entrance of a federal choose. He stated he’s being handled unfairly as a result of they gained’t let him out of jail. Barnett is being held in a federal detention middle in D.C. awaiting trial and he has pleaded not responsible.
A choose already denied his legal professional’s request to set bond for Barnett as soon as. Prosecutors stated Barnett was allegedly armed through the riots.
Thursday was presupposed to be a routine standing replace, however Barnett lashed out at his continued detention after the choose set his subsequent courtroom listening to for Might 4. WUSA9 isn’t allowed to report the listening to, however was capable of hear in and report.
Barnett angrily addressed the choose, prosecutors and even his personal staff of attorneys.
“I been right here a very long time,” he instructed the choose. “Make me sit right here for one more month when everybody else is getting out. Prosecution retains dragging this out. Everybody else has worse prices than me [and] is already at residence.”
Barnett referred to the truth that as Capitol Riot circumstances transfer ahead, judges are being pressured to contemplate whether or not to set bond for the accused, giving them an opportunity to be launched earlier than trial.
As WUSA9 beforehand reported, alleged members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are all asking for bond to be set to permit for his or her pre-trial launch.
On Wednesday, a choose ordered the discharge of alleged Proud Boy member Ethan Nordean. Authorized specialists instructed WUSA9 if a defendant’s legal professional could make the case they aren’t a flight danger or a hazard to the group, it’s a choose’s constitutional obligation to grant them bond. Clark Neily, vice chairman for Prison Justice on the CATO Institute added that unfairly holding a defendant earlier than trial isn’t a authorized type of punishment for any defendant — that solely comes after their day in courtroom.
“You do not go away anyone locked up pending trial just because the general public thinks they deserve it,” Neily stated.
Barnett’s subsequent listening to is scheduled for Might 4 and his attorneys stated they might be submitting a brand new movement for his pre-trial launch.
In keeping with the Division of Justice, there are greater than 300 individuals criminally charged from greater than 40 states in connection to the Jan. 6 riots.