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By:  Vic Eldred  •  2 weeks ago  •  93 comments


The first to be sentenced
Leduc argues that Hodgkins' actions represent "the story of a man who for just one hour on one day lost his bearings ... who made a fateful decision to follow the crowd."

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One of the Jan 6th protestors pleaded guilty to one count of "obstructing an official proceeding" – Congress' certification of the 2000 presidential election results.  Is that what he was doing?  I thought he was taling a selfie. We don't really know if he decided to do this on his own or his attorney recommended it. His name is Paul Allard Hodgkins. He is 38 years old and is from Tampa Florida. He did "breech," if you want to say it that way, the Capitol on Jan 6th. The day the left wants to remind us, will live as a day of infamy, forever & ever. Hodgkins is not charged with assaulting anyone or damaging property. "Prosecutors" want Hodgkins to serve 18 months in jail, arguing that he, "like each rioter, contributed to the collective threat to democracy." 


He will face U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss, who will make the ultimate decision.


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DC Judge Randolph Moss (appointed by Barack Obama)



Attorney Patrick Leduc pled the following: "Whatever punishment this court may provide will pale in comparison to the scarlet letter Mr. Hodgkins will wear for the rest of his life."

Does anyone think Mr Hodgkins is in good hands?


We can only assume the food bank in Tampa that Hodgkins regularly volunteers for will miss him.


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

"General, while from the midst of your camp you declared war upon me, which you had thus far spared for the enemies of our state, while you denounced me as an enemy of liberty to the army, National Guard and Nation in letters published by your purchased papers, I had thought myself only disputing with a general... but not yet the dictator of France, arbitrator of the state."

 
 
 
Trotsky's Spectre
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1.1  Trotsky's Spectre  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 weeks ago

Fascist Trump foot soldier receives slap on the wrist in sentencing for January 6 coup

'In a stark example of class justice, earlier this month a 62-year-old African American man, Hervis Rogers , was arrested in Texas for voting while on parole and faces a possible 40-year prison sentence.'

I for one expected nothing different.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Trotsky's Spectre @1.1    2 weeks ago

Meanwhile thousands of radical left wing fuks who murdered, looted and burned private property all last summer continue to live free in their mom's and grandma's basements.

January 6th was a boy scout jamboree by comparison but AOC got ascared so it was worse ... it was bad!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Trotsky's Spectre @1.1    2 weeks ago
I for one expected nothing different.

And you should know what an insurection is. A real one would have included the decapitation of Speaker Pelosi and a proclamation from a leader of the Oath Takers like the one Fidel Castro made after his infamous insurection in 1959.

 
 
 
Thomas
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1.1.3  Thomas  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.2    2 weeks ago
A real one would have included the decapitation of Speaker Pelosi and a proclamation from a leader of the Oath Takers

So glad you know what the plans were. 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2  JBB    2 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

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devangelical
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2.2  devangelical  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

a daily judicial score of sentences for trumpster insurrectionists all the way thru the 2022 primaries will be a hoot.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.2    2 weeks ago

Have you been catching Stephen Colbert's highlights of the morons who have been providing all the evidence needed at their trials?  Although not a one of #45's mob has a lick of sense to begin with.  

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

Yeah, but there was no insurrection, and the government did not change hands.

What happened didn't even amount to a decent riot.

Sadly, one of the protestors was killed by a trigger happy capitol cop.

The vast majority of these people were simply hangers on, did not enter or damage the building, and were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Intent is hard to prove. They will probably end up with time served. -

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @2.3    2 weeks ago

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Ronin2
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2.4  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

The left wouldn't know an insurrection if one were going on all around them for the past 5 and a half years plus. Of course those are their leftist Brown Shirts that have been in full insurrection mode for all that time, so it is catch and release so they can do more of the same.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @2.4    2 weeks ago

You remembered to mention the 'leftist brown shirts'!  Where have you been???????????????

Other than that, nothing you said made a lick of sense!  (not that your 'leftist brown shirts' makes any sense to begin with)

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.5  Tessylo  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

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Hal A. Lujah
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3  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
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3.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3    2 weeks ago

And the king would call them the traitors.

No arguments from the left. Just pictures.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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3.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    2 weeks ago

Insurrectionists are traitors.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

And in the picture you posted - those were the "insurectionists"

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3.1.3  Ozzwald  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    2 weeks ago

No arguments from the left. Just pictures.

What arguments are you expecting?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.4  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ozzwald @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

A valid reason to give Hodgkins 18 months in prison.  Especially after we had violent rioters who were never prosecuted.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

hopefully the insurrectionists all lose their right to vote and to own firearms too.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @3.1.5    2 weeks ago

I'm hopefull too.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.7  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    2 weeks ago

name those other violent rioters that tried to impede a constitutional mandate in a joint session of congress by invading the US capitol. there weren't any.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.8  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @3.1.7    2 weeks ago

We know of the ones who tried to seal up a Police Station with Police inside and setting fires around it;




That is far worse than the cheap "insurrection" narrative the fucking left is peddling.

 
 
 
devangelical
PhD Principal
3.1.9  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.8    2 weeks ago

you mean the practice drills, by right wing domestic terrorists disguised as demonstrators, prior to their failed coup in DC? other than the assault on law enforcement officers by those trumpsters, please explain how it parallels the breach of the US capitol during a constitutionally mandated joint session of congress.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.10  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @3.1.9    2 weeks ago

No I mean the year of violence & looting that left wing terrorists perpetrated in big blue cities for a good year without any repercussions.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.1.11  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  devangelical @3.1.9    2 weeks ago
failed coup

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If that was fucking coup attempt it was a piss poor one. Coup hahahaha yeah right. They had no intentions to commit a coup FFS. It was such a coup threat that the intelligence leading up to January 6 was basically poo pooed to the point of hardly any prep to avoid what DID happen

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.12  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.10    2 weeks ago

oh yeah, the standard false equivalency default deflection.

 
 
 
devangelical
PhD Principal
3.1.13  devangelical  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.11    2 weeks ago

try turning up the audio next time you watch the footage they themselves created, inside the capitol...

 
 
 
SteevieGee
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3.1.14  SteevieGee  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.11    2 weeks ago

Their stated goal was to hang Mike Pence.  It was absolutely "piss poor."

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3.1.15  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.10    2 weeks ago

So we are supposed to just give the seditious traitors a pass using the "They did it too" justification?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.16  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.1.15    2 weeks ago
using the "They did it too" justification?

No, they (the left) did far worse and they got a pass!

We will wait to see what the DC judge hands out.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.17  devangelical  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.1.15    2 weeks ago
just give the seditious traitors a pass

that's exactly what the trumpsters are working so hard towards.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.18  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.16    2 weeks ago
No, they (the left) did far worse!

the group of mentally challenged individuals that believe that nonsense is shrinking daily.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.1.19  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  SteevieGee @3.1.14    2 weeks ago

And you and others believed they thought they had a chance (let alone reason) to do that and weren't just spouting off in their heated "gang mentality" moment? Again.........

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Hal A. Lujah
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3.1.20  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  SteevieGee @3.1.14    2 weeks ago

Their stated goal was to hang Mike Pence.  It was absolutely "piss poor."

These guys literally couldn’t believe their own eyes and ears.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.21  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @3.1.18    2 weeks ago

oh, ow. ... and people wonder why I retaliate in kind at every available opportunity.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.1.22  Greg Jones  replied to  Ozzwald @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

Whatever it is, you don't have a decent one.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.1.23  Greg Jones  replied to  devangelical @3.1.17    2 weeks ago

"just give the seditious traitors a pass"

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Dismayed Patriot
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3.1.24  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.2    2 weeks ago
And in the picture you posted - those were the "insurectionists"

And they were until they beat the British, set up their own system of government and had the majority of citizens backing. What we saw January 6th were just a wave of whiny bigots representing a minority who attacked our government and tried to reverse the results of a free and fair election against the will of the majority of Americans. Right wing conservatism does not rule our nation, we are not a white Christian theocracy and we never will be, so those wanting to turn us into one are nothing but vile piece of shit traitors to our nation and the constitution.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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3.1.25  Sparty On  replied to  devangelical @3.1.5    2 weeks ago
hopefully the insurrectionists all lose their right to vote and to own firearms too.

Lol .... deliciously Orwellian, even for you.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Junior Silent
3.1.26  SteevieGee  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.19    2 weeks ago

Hey, I didn't do anything.  What are you suggesting I did?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Junior Expert
3.1.27  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  SteevieGee @3.1.26    2 weeks ago

Sorry but by your comments it seems you think, like some of the others here that these people were a well oiled machine plotting some nefarious take over of GovCo. Milley said it best. They can't do this without us (meaning the military).

And they didn't. You don't try a coup with flag poles and fire extinguishers. All this "insurrection" and coup bullshit is just that.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.28  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    2 weeks ago

"A valid reason to give Hodgkins 18 months in prison.  Especially after we had violent rioters who were never prosecuted."

That's deflection.

What 'violent rioters' were never prosecuted?

Plus, those 'violent rioters' were right wing agitators.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.29  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.8    2 weeks ago
I refuse to look at your link from msn because I have a feeling it doesn't say what you say it says.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.30  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @3.1.9    2 weeks ago
"you mean the practice drills, by right wing domestic terrorists disguised as demonstrators, prior to their failed coup in DC? other than the assault on law enforcement officers by those trumpsters, please explain how it parallels the breach of the US capitol during a constitutionally mandated joint session of congress."

That's simple.  It doesn't.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.31  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @3.1.12    2 weeks ago
"oh yeah, the standard false equivalency default deflection."

Ya!  Every single time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Sparty On
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3.1.32  Sparty On  replied to  devangelical @3.1.17    2 weeks ago

Bullshit but the left has been making justifications and excuses for the rioting and looting from last year for over a year now.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.33  Tessylo  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.32    2 weeks ago

Deflection

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.34  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.8    2 weeks ago

Who are the 'fucking left'?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.35  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.34    2 weeks ago

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Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3.1.37  Paula Bartholomew  replied to    2 weeks ago

Drugs are bad...mkay?

 
 
 
bugsy
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3.1.39  bugsy  replied to  devangelical @3.1.9    2 weeks ago
you mean the practice drills, by right wing domestic terrorists disguised as demonstrators, prior to their failed coup in DC?

Wow!!!!!

Talk about a conspiracy theorist.

You sure do make up some wild shit!!!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3.1.40  Paula Bartholomew  replied to    2 weeks ago

I turn 69 in two weeks and my late husband and I never had children.

 
 
 
Dulay
Professor Principal
3.1.41  Dulay  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.8    2 weeks ago
We know of the ones who tried to seal up a Police Station with Police inside and setting fires around it; That is far worse than the cheap "insurrection" narrative the fucking left is peddling.

Yes it was worse and perhaps that's why those guys got between 27 - 48 MONTHS and were fined 12 MILLION in restitution.

So what's your fucking point Vic? 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.42  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Dulay @3.1.41    2 weeks ago
Yes it was worse and perhaps that's why those guys got between 27 - 48 MONTHS and were fined 12 MILLION in restitution.

Link please

 
 
 
Dulay
Professor Principal
3.1.43  Dulay  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.42    2 weeks ago
Link please

Nope.

Just ignore my statement like you ignore my questions Vic.

'Our readers' can research it fi they want to review the facts for themselves.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.44  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.35    2 weeks ago

Who are they fucking?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.45  Tessylo  replied to    2 weeks ago

If someone is mutating children's genitals they should be arrested.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.46  Tessylo  replied to    2 weeks ago

That's a real narrow world you live in there.  Not to mention, none of your comments make a lick of sense.  

We know who the haters are - those that see their lives being encroached by anyone who is not WHITE.  Sucks to be WHITE and become a minority, eh?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.47  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @3.1.43    2 weeks ago

We know where to go for facts, and that's not 'here'.

 
 
 
Ronin2
Masters Quiet
3.1.48  Ronin2  replied to  Dulay @3.1.41    2 weeks ago

What do you mean "those guys". It was just one guy sentenced so far and 3 more awaiting sentencing. That was in Minneapolis at the state level, not the federal level

Now, do you want to compare apples to apples this time? Try the stinking DOJ releasing most of the Portland rioters that attacked federal officer; and damage/destroy federal property.

Of course the state of Portland is even worse.

Democrats like their two tier justice system just fine- so long as they are in charge of it.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.49  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1.48    2 weeks ago

Still deflecting.  

 
 
 
Duck Hawk
Freshman Silent
3.1.50  Duck Hawk  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.25    2 weeks ago

That's not Orwellian, it's the F%$#ing law for felons in America. Treat them just like any other pos criminal.

 
 
 
Duck Hawk
Freshman Silent
3.1.51  Duck Hawk  replied to    2 weeks ago

I can agree with the purple hair... The other two items "mutate children's genitals and hate America" seems to be the province of conservatives in America.

Most pedophiles are conservatives and liberals didn't just try to overthrow an election.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.52  Tessylo  replied to  Duck Hawk @3.1.51    2 weeks ago

I don't see a problem with someone wanting to have purple hair - to each their own.

But I agree with you 1000% on the other items.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
PhD Principal
3.1.53  Sparty On  replied to  Duck Hawk @3.1.50    2 weeks ago

Lol .... only in the TDS ridden, anger rotted pea-brain.

It's unbelievable really that this has to be explained to any American but i'll consider the source and explain it anyway.

First of all felons can still vote in most states after they've served their legally assigned penalties.    And in the few states where they do permanently lose their voting rights it's only for the most heinous of felonies or most severe mental incompetence.   Obstruction of an official proceeding? ..... oooohh .... now there's a heinous felony there ....... /S

Second, a person need to be convicted of a felony to be felon.   Simply wishing it so, without lawful jurisprudence .... IS Orwellian as hell.   No doubt about it.

Lastly, i find it extremely telling that so many on the left were silent during the ENTIRE summer of destruction last year and are now so vocal about one day.   January 6th.   It speaks to the hypocrisy deeply rooted in their DNA.   Anyone who is critical of Jan. 6th but was silent during the summer of looting and destruction, has zero standing, zero redeeming character on such topics and therefore are not to be taken seriously in conversations like this.

Not at all .....

 
 
 
Dulay
Professor Principal
3.1.54  Dulay  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1.48    2 weeks ago
What do you mean "those guys". It was just one guy sentenced so far and 3 more awaiting sentencing. That was in Minneapolis at the state level, not the federal level

Ronin, do you ever actually READ the fucking links you post? 

First of all, your link is from APRIL. The other men have been sentenced since then. 

You obviously failed to note that YOUR link quotes a US Attorney? Do you KNOW who US Attorneys work for Ronin? Here's a hint: the Federal DOJ.

Oh and BTFW, there is NO state of Portland. Sheesh. 

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Senior Principal
5  Nerm_L    2 weeks ago

What I want to know, and haven't seen reported anywhere, how did the US government stop the insurrection?  The insurrectionists stormed, occupied, and held the Capitol.  Yet the Senate performed its ceremonial function in the Senate chamber the same day.  So, the insurrection had to be stopped somehow.

The insurrectionists were all in the Capitol at the same time.  Why would the FBI have to hunt them down?  Did they somehow escape being captured when the US government stopped the insurrection?

We've all seen how the insurrection started.  Liberals and Democrats can't get enough of the videos.  But there hasn't been anything reported on how the US government stopped the insurrection and regained control of the Capitol.  Something smells a little off.  Are liberals and Democrats beating a dead horse again?

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Nerm_L @5    2 weeks ago

Yeah Nerm, that's what's going on.  

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Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
5.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Nerm_L @5    2 weeks ago
The insurrectionists were all in the Capitol at the same time.  Why would the FBI have to hunt them down?  Did they somehow escape being captured when the US government stopped the insurrection?

You're not serious, are you????

In your world, if you rob a bank, and get out the door with the money, you win????  If you're not caught during the commission of a crime, police cannot find you later?

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Senior Principal
5.2.1  Nerm_L  replied to  Ozzwald @5.2    2 weeks ago
In your world, if you rob a bank, and get out the door with the money, you win????  If you're not caught during the commission of a crime, police cannot find you later?

Using your analogy, liberals and Democrats are telling us that 1,000 crooks robbed Fort Knox.  Your CRT of what happened is nonsensical.  

So, how did the US government stop the insurrection?  I've not seen that reported anywhere.  Have you?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Junior Expert
5.2.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Nerm_L @5.2.1    2 weeks ago
I've not seen that reported anywhere.

They didn't. You can't stop something that, in the literal sense, was never there or intended.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Senior Principal
5.2.3  Nerm_L  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.2.2    2 weeks ago
They didn't. You can't stop something that, in the literal sense, was never there or intended.

You're not trying to tell me that the US government didn't have to do anything to stop the insurrection?

Doesn't sound like much of a threat if the insurrectionists just got bored with attacking democracy and left.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  Nerm_L @5.2.1    2 weeks ago

You've got a lot of nerve.  NOTHING you say makes a lick of sense.  

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
5.2.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tessylo @5.2.4    2 weeks ago

Never does.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Junior Expert
6  Just Jim NC TttH    2 weeks ago

8 months......................

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Guide
7  Tacos!    2 weeks ago
One of the Jan 6th protestors pleaded guilty to one count of "obstructing an official proceeding" – Congress' certification of the 2000 presidential election results.  Is that what he was doing?  I thought he was taling a selfie. We don't really know if he decided to do this on his own or his attorney recommended it.

Legally not guilty people please guilty every day because it’s simply the most expedient choice. You could go to trial over a thing like this, but it would be expensive and nothing is guaranteed in a courtroom. You might win and you might lose. People who have never been in the system love to assume that only guilty people get convicted, but that is just not the case.

Meanwhile, if you go to trial and lose, you can expect to get a much longer sentence. Deals like this are made to make life easier for the defendant, the prosecutor, and the courts. Basically, instead of spending weeks prepping for and holding a trial, everyone gets to move on.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Masters Guide
7.1  Sunshine  replied to  Tacos! @7    2 weeks ago

Yes, unfortunately the government usually has the upper hand because of unlimited resources where the defendant is limited.

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Tacos!
Professor Guide
7.2  Tacos!  replied to  Tacos! @7    2 weeks ago

“Plead guilty” not “please guilty.” Computer thinks it’s smarter than I am.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
7.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @7.2    2 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
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8  author  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

UPDATE:

"A man from Florida who waved a "Trump 2020" flag on the floor of the Senate chamber on January 6 was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday — the first time a Capitol riot defendant was sentenced for a felony charge. 

Paul Hodgkins, a 38-year-old crane operator,  pleaded guilty  last month to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, and acknowledged that he took a selfie and joined a group of rioters who assembled at the front of the Senate chamber, with the intention to obstruct the certification of the 2020 Presidential election. 

When announcing the sentence — which was less than the 15 to 21 month sentence recommended when Hodgkins pleaded guilty — Judge Randolph Moss called the Capitol attack "an assault on Democracy," but said Hodgkins' lack of criminal history and willingness to accept responsibility warranted a lower sentence. Hodgkins' eight-month prison sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release.

His sentence could signal potential punishments for other Capitol riot defendants. Prosecutors said earlier this month that nearly 235 defendants had been  charged  with the same crime to which Hodgkins pleaded guilty. "It appears the entire nation will be tuning in," Hodgkins' lawyer, Patrick LeDuc, said Saturday during a phone interview with CBS News.

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Prosecutors said Paul Hodgkins, 38, waved a "Trump 2020" flag and took a selfie inside the Senate chamber. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

LeDuc asked the court to sentence Hodgkins to home detention only, but prosecutors urged the federal judge to sentence Hodgkins to 18 months in prison. In a sentencing memorandum filed last week, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky stressed the need to consider "the magnitude of what the riot entailed and signified." 

Sedky noted that Hodgkins entered the Senate chamber during a "violent riot that engulfed the entire Capitol," which resulted in injuries for more than 100 law enforcement officers and threatened the peaceful transfer of power after the presidential election.

 
 
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