A minor participant in the January 6 Capitol riots gets a big mouthful from a federal judge.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said, “You have discredited this country in the eyes of the world and I would be inclined to shut you down, but since the government isn’t asking me to do so… I won’t.” ” reprimanded defendant Anthony Mariotto In a hearing on Friday, according to politician.
The Florida local was charged with entering and remaining a prohibited building, two counts of disorderly conduct, entering and remaining in the Gallery of Congress, and parading, demonstrating, or staging a picket in the Capitol building.
But as part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped all charges except Parade, for which Mr Mariotto pleaded guilty. Rape carries a maximum prison sentence of six months.
According to the Justice Department, more than 600 people have been arrested in connection with the January 6 attack when a crowd of Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Unlike many other rioters, Mr. Maritto has not been charged with any violence or damage to property. According to criminal complaint Against her, he was caught largely because he posted a Facebook picture of himself in the Senate Chamber. A tipster who knew him sent a screenshot of the photo to the FBI.
“Marioto is clearly depicted in the screen shot Citizen 1,” an FBI agent wrote in the complaint. “Screen shot depicts Maritto in the Senate Chamber with the following caption ‘I’m in’ [sic] and there are only a few [sic] this is our house.”
On Friday, Judge Walton exonerated Mr Mariotto for his behavior.
“I find it outrageous that American citizens will do what you did,” said the judge, “so you better go straight and narrow, sir, you understand?”
“I do, your honour,” replied Mr. Maritto slyly.
The judge also put forth a rhetorical question.
“What if next time around, the Democrats lose the presidency and start a riot?” He asked. “I guess you think everything will be fine in light of what you did, right?”
“No,” replied Marriott.
Mr. Mariotto’s sentencing is set for December 17. Till then he will be free on his identity.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Capitol riot