An Arizona federal judge ruled Monday that the self-described “QAnon Shaman,” who gained wide recognition after storming the United States Capitol shirtless, wearing face paint, a bear skin and a horned headdress on January 6 , must remain incarcerated until his trial.
Judge Royce Lamberth said that Jacob Chansley did not fully appreciate the seriousness of the charges against him and that none of Chansley’s “many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions” was convincing.
He said Chansley’s willingness to resort to violence and refusal to follow police orders during the siege are a sign that he would not follow court-ordered conditions of release.
Lamberth’s ruling comes after an interview Chansley gave to “60 Minutes Plus” that aired last Thursday on “CBS This Morning,” the day before a DC judge heard arguments about possible pre-release release. Chansley’s trial.
The judge wrote that Chansley brought a spear to the site, used a megaphone to encourage other rioters, profanely referred to then-Vice President Mike Pence as a traitor while in the Senate, and wrote a note to Pence saying, “It’s just a question. time, justice is yet to come “.
Chansley, who denied that the note was intended to be threatening, also made a social media post in November promoting hangings for traitors.
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“Reading that note in the context of the defendant’s earlier promotion of the execution of ‘traitors’ invalidates the notion that the defendant violated the Capitol simply to leave political and peaceful comments on the Senate bench,” Lamberth wrote, adding that the Chansey’s actions have demonstrated a “detachment from reality.”
The judge sided with prosecutors who argued that the flagpole-mounted 6-inch spear that Chansley brought to the Capitol was a dangerous weapon. His lawyer had characterized the spear as an ornament.
Chansley’s attorney also said his client was in the third wave of rioters entering the Capitol. But the judge said the video shows Chansley, who entered the Capitol through a door when rioters smashed nearby windows, “literally led” the race into the building.
He has been incarcerated since his arrest in the days after a pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill as Congress certified Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over then-President Donald Trump.
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Chansley’s attorney, Al Watkins, said his client did not act violently inside the Capitol and denied that Chansley was any kind of leader in the riot.
Associated Press contributed to this report..