The events of January 6th, 2021 will not soon be forgotten. They capped off a 10 month period in American history that could only be described as wild and a little bit dangerous, and reminded us that our Republic is still a fragile one.
On that fateful day, after months of pandemic stress and weeks of election infighting, all hell broke loose at the US Capitol, as police were overwhelmed, (some willingly), by supporters of President Trump who were looking to hamper Congress in their work to certify the results of the 2020 election.
During that incident, a number of unforgettable images were broadcast to the world. A man in a fur hat with bison horns adorning it stood shirtless in the halls of the Capitol, face painted patriotically, brandishing a spear with an American flag attached to it.
Somewhere nearby, a man casually sat at Nancy Pelosi’s desk, put his feet up, and declared that, as a taxpayer, this was his right.
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That man had an interesting day in court this week.
The man who was seen putting his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot had an outburst in federal court Thursday over his continued detainment.
Richard Barnett, reportedly screamed at Judge Christopher R. Cooper during a virtual hearing where it was determined he would remain detained until at least his next hearing in May. He yelled at Cooper that it was “not fair” that he remained in jail as others were released, according to NBC Washington’s Scott MacFarlane.
“Everybody else who did things much worse are already home,” Barnett said. He later added, “I’ve been here for a month, they’re going to set it for another month, and everybody else is getting out.”
Barnett’s lawyer categorically denied that the outburst was directed at the judge in the case, and reiterated his client’s frustrations regarding his continued detention in the pre-trial timeframe.
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