An important hearing session in the storming of the Capitol case of the accused Jacob Chansley
At a hearing on Friday in the case against QAnon follower Jacob Chansley, US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth hid Chansley’s attorney Al Watkins to use his privileges as an attorney to arrange an interview with Chansley for the online version of “60 Minutes”.
“Can you tell me how it happened?” Lamberth asked Watkins. “It seems to me that you visited this place as an excuse.”
Lamberth said that the Marshall Service policy for federal inmates before trial required numerous permits for an interview, including the US attorney’s office, the judge, and those who run the detention facility. The judge said that the officers asked him if he agreed to the interview in the Alexandria detention facility, and he said he did not.
St. Louis resident Jacob Watkins denied any attempt to mislead.
“There is no trick here at all.” The lawyer said, “Under no circumstances have I attempted to present a trick to this court, of course, and not to the facility where my client is currently located.” “This is not just my method.”
However, Watkins appeared to admit that the prison had not crossed his mind about his plans to use a virtual attorney visit to make his client available to the media.
“The prison was only told that this was a video clip of an interview with a lawyer and a client. The defense attorney said,“ I asked for a Zoom meeting with him. ”“ I didn’t tell them it was about an interview with 60 Minutes. ”
Lamberth replied: “I’m sure you didn’t.”
In a sign of his displeasure, after the court session, the judge publicly released an email that an Alexandria prison spokesperson sent to Watkins’ office last month explaining the various approvals required.
The main topic of Friday’s court session was Chanceley’s request to be released from custody while he awaits trial on the various charges he faces, including interfering with the police during civil unrest and obstructing the work of Congress.
Watkins spent weeks working on portraying Chansley as a harmless and well-meaning deceiver, absorbed by former President Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen and acted on the erroneous belief that the Commander in Chief was sincere. He spent the hearing on Friday comparing Chansley to Forrest Gump, drawing attention to his hobbies as a painter and potter, and asserting that the “spearhead” attached to the column that Chansley used inside the Capitol was merely a decoration.