Of all of the things that we witnessed on January 6th in Washington DC, perhaps nothing is as striking as the images of the “QAnon Shaman” roaming the halls of the Capitol.
The pseudo-spiritual insurrectionist was bare-chested, with his face painted red, white, and blue. In his hand, a spear-tipped American flag. Atop his head, a large fur hat adorned with bison horns.
Now, that individual is awaiting trial in prison, and he is unlikely to get out before his case is adjudicated.
Jacob Chansley, the self-proclaimed “QAnon Shaman” AKA Jake Angeli, has been denied a release from prison ahead of his trial over his part in the 6 January Capitol riot protesting Donald Trump’s election defeat.take our poll - story continues below
Mr Chansely, 33, a believer in the QAnon conspiracy cult, became the face of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, thanks to his distinctive Native American war bonnet, American flag face paint and six-foot spear.
The judge did not mince their words, either.
But in court documents seen by CNN, federal judge Royce Lamberth argued that Mr Chansley’s subsequent statements in the wake of the riot attacking the former president and saying he was “not honourable” indicated that the defendant was seeking to blame others for his actions and was not sincerely remorseful about the attempted insurrection, which left five people dead.
“The court finds that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance as required or the safety of others and the community,” Judge Lamberth ruled in a 32-page opinion.
“The defendant characterises himself as a peaceful person who was welcomed into the Capitol Building on January 6th by police officers. The court finds none of his many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimise the seriousness of his actions persuasive.
“The statements the defendant has made to the public from jail show that the defendant does not fully appreciate the severity of the allegations against him. To the contrary, he believes that he – not the American people or members of Congress – was the victim on January 6th.”
Angeli is one of hundreds of would-be insurrectionists who’ve been arrested in the wake of the violence, but he is certainly also one of the most well-known.
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