Obama-Appointed Judge Jailing Jan 6 Defendants for Longer than Prosecutors Requested
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan gives non-violent offenders more prison time
Non-violent Trump supporters, who are being sentenced for trespassing at the U.S Capitol on January 6, are being given longer jail sentences than prosecutors are requesting by an Obama-appointed federal judge, according to reports.
A report from Reuters reveals that U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has already sentenced four non-violent offenders who breached the Capitol, a misdemeanor offense, to 14-45 days in prison.
Earlier this week, two cousins - Robert Bauer and Edward Hemenway - were jailed for 45 days by Judge Chutkan, the report claimed.
The prosecution was seeking an already heavy-handed sentence of up to 30 days in prison for trespassing and taking selfies in the Capitol on January 6.
Public images of Bauer and Hemenway, which were widely available online, showed the two men smiling and posing for photos inside the Capitol while wearing pro-Trump clothing.
Chutkan also sentenced 52-year-old Dona Sue Bissey from Indiana to two weeks of incarceration on Tuesday, though the prosecution recommended the defendant serve probation, “citing her early acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with law enforcement,” Reuters said.
Judge Chutkan, who has the discretion to impose harsher punishments, also sentenced Matthew Mazzocco to 45 days in prison for a misdemeanor offense related to the breach.
At the time, the “court hearing marked the first time that one of the judges overseeing the hundreds of Jan. 6 prosecutions imposed a sentence that was harsher than what the government asked for,” the report highlighted.
“There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home,” Chutkan said at a defendant’s hearings.
Back in June, an unarmed grandmother from Indiana was the first to be sentenced in connection to the breach.
She pleaded guilty to one charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Neon Nettle reported at the time:
A judge sentenced Anna Morgan-Lloyd to three years of probation, $500 in restitution, and 40 hours of community service.
Under the terms of her probation, the 49-year-old is also banned from owning a firearm.
Morgan-Lloyd did not participate in any violence and was only in the Capitol building for an estimated 10 minutes, according to court documents.
The agreement helped her avoid a potential six months behind bars.“I’m ashamed that it became a savage display of violence that day,” Morgan-Lloyd said in court, according to the IndyStar.
“I would’ve never been there if I had a clue it was going to turn out that way, because it was never my intent to be a part of anything that is so disgraceful to the American people.”
So far, around 600 individuals have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the breach.
However, none have yet been charged with "treason" or "sedition," despite claims from leftists that the Capitol riots were an armed "insurrection" against the United States government.