Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives is holding a hearing today on a “fearsome disaster”, described by big media as the worst assault since the Civil War or the 911 destruction of the Twin Towers – pick one!
Her group of seven Democrats, plus two Donald Trump haters – Elizabeth (Dick’s daughter) Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – are hearing from police about a Jan. 6 demonstration at the Capitol building and grounds, where one woman protestor – unarmed – was murdered by a name-withheld cop. No protestors caused deaths, despite initial fake news reports.
Several hundred out of the tens of thousands, who attended an earlier-that-day President Donald Trump rally, were clearly guilty of illegally entering the Senate/House building, talking to guards, posing for “selfies”, and walking restricted halls Dozens also tangled with those police who refused entry.
Their defense cannot be based on the contention that the 2020 riots in New York City, Seattle and Portland (among other cities) were a hundred times more devastating – bully mobs, police cars and stores burned, nightly looting, occupation of federal and state buildings, threatening with assault weapons, and even creating weeks-long enclaves where police were forbidden to enter, and they didn’t.
Nor is it an excuse for Jan. 6 hall-wanderers to argue that the 2020 crazies killed people, and that none of the Capitol demonstrators were charged with carrying a weapon, burning, stealing, assaulting, or taking over neighborhoods.
However, just because Antifa or Black Lives Matter (BLM) followers were involved in egregious felonies, the accused cannot use that as an excuse for proven misdemeanors, like trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Michael Curzio, for one, was arrested because he entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6. He was charged with four misdemeanors.
Last week, he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol building. He was fined $500 to pay for damage to government property (total by every protestors $1.5 million – one Jeff Bezos’ income hour), and sentenced to six months in prison.
Six months jail for a misdemeanor! That’s a longer imprisonment than served by any 2020 felony rioter – almost all were set free with no charges.
Curzio was interviewed by Julie Kelly, who writes for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and his story is tragic.
After leaving work on Jan. 14, Curzio was pulled over near his Florida home.
Out of nowhere, police SUVs were in front, behind, and alongside my vehicle. The cops were screaming, ‘get out, get out’ and had their guns drawn, he recalled.
I was put in solitary at the Marion County (Florida) jail for eight days then transported by bus to another Florida jail. Then they took me to Jacksonville, where I boarded a plane headed to Atlanta. Then to Oklahoma federal prison. Then to a jail in West Virginia and then Virginia. I finally got to D.C. on February 3.
Curzio said “it was just like being quarantined.”
We were locked down for 23 hours a day, only out for an hour to shower, talk to family, and talk to our lawyers.
Curzio agreed with the accounts of other detainees, who have complained of physical and mental abuse by prison guards, inedible food, and no outdoor access, religious services, or physical activity. Some have not been punished with quarantines for meeting with their attorneys.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed its true intentions in a motion before the court, when it contended:
“Curzio does not engage in destructive or violent behavior, and does not appear to encourage or discourage disorderly conduct,” government lawyers wrote in a March motion.
Curzio … unregretfully traveled over 900 miles to join a wild mob, unlawfully entered the Capitol, defied a police order to leave, and committed offenses that threatened the governance of the Republic.
Curzio was one of some 100 Jan. 6 demonstration defendants in jail, who await trials that won’t begin until next year, or until they accept a plea deal, according to the DOJ.
Curzio went free after his misdemeanor guilt plea and was not sent back to jail. He had already served six months behind bars awaiting trial, during the time most Americans are considered “innocent until proven guilty.”
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense. – Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
One of the most onerous actions by the Media is publishing faces and identities of some 541 Americans charged with trespassing in the Capitol or on the grounds.
USA Today even boasts a search feature on a state-by-state basis :