Capitol insurrectionists aren't making plea deals because they believe Trump will swoop in to save them
Category: Op/EdVia: john-russell • 3 weeks ago • 11 comments
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This week, the attorney for the so-called QAnon Showman Jake Angeli a.k.a. Jacob Chansley, attacked his client's fellow Capitol attackers saying that they are mentally or physically challenged and thus shouldn't be held accountable for their crimes.
Using derogatory terms to question supporters of President Donald Trump, lawyer Albert Watkins said that he used those terms to draw attention to the mental health of some defendants. "These are people with brain damage."
It is unlikely that Watkins' medical assessment is an accurate one, but cult expert Steven Hassan disagrees. In a March interview with Salon, he explained that Americans aren't living in a post-truth world, it's "an age of undue influence."
Nothing could illustrate that fact more perfectly than what one defense attorney for Capitol attackers told NBC reporter Scott MacFarlane.
"There'll be a complication for plea agreement negotiations," MacFarlane said, citing the lawyer. "He says *some* defendants think Trump is going to swoop in and save them."
One defense attorney handling some US Capitol Insurrection cases tells me there'll be a complication for plea agree… https://t.co/KVPzmqk5SJ — Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane)1621814220.0