Monday, August 2, 2021

“DC Guantanamo Bay”? Attorney Alleges Torture Of Jan. 6 Defendants - by Michael Tracey - Michael Tracey

Besides representing Barnett, McBride is also calling attention to the “abhorrent” treatment of the many other Jan. 6 defendants still incarcerated. GOP members of Congress Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, and Louie Gohmert recently attempted to inspect the conditions at the DC jail where they’re being housed, and were turned away — prompting a predictable round of ridicule from national media. But few naysaying pundits bothered to acknowledge the actual issue at hand: the conditions in the jail. According to McBride, “there was one case in particular where a detainee was beaten within an inch of his life, because he asked for toilet paper.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

McBride has a decidedly different attitude toward his client’s predicament than the attorney representing another Jan. 6 defendant, Paul Hodgkins — who, as I documented, just pleaded guilty to a felony charge and was sentenced to eight months in prison, only to be accused in a backhanded manner by federal prosecutors of “taking part” in a terrorist attack. 

McBride, for one, seems highly disinclined to submit to such an onerous plea arrangement. “If they are looking for a fight from us, which it appears that they are — well, then they're going to get one,” he declared.

“My client was pushed into the Capitol, into the building itself. I have that on video. Did he end up in Speaker Pelosi’s office? Sure he did. Is that worthy of 10 or 20 years in jail, and the stripping away of all his other rights? That’s madness.”

“The things that he’s been charged with are ridiculous,” McBride added. “And they’re gonna lose if they go in, and we go to trial. So if they want to take that loss, in front of the world, then so be it. I’ll be glad to give it to them.”

This interview, which was conducted on July 28, has been condensed and edited for clarity.


This is actually a pretty outrageous story. It's as if a separate law is being applied to these defendants, who are, after all, US citizens, which comes one would have thought with certain rights and protections. I hope they get before an honest judge or judges.

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