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Kyle Rittenhouse Facing Federal Charges As DOJ Is Called On To Review Case

Accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty by a jury of his peers today, with NBC News reporting:

Rittenhouse was charged with reckless homicide in the slaying of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26.

He also faced a charge of attempted intentional homicide for severely wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, a 27-year-old paramedic from suburban Milwaukee who was there that night volunteering his medical services, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety.

But Rittenhouse is not in the clear legally. He could still face federal charges, and the Justice Department is being called on review the case and see if he should be charged.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted out a call for the DOJ to take a close look at Rittenhouse:


Specifically, Rittenhouse could face being charged with federal civil rights violations and a hate crime. That decision will have to be made by the DOJ, and it could impact future cases of this type when protesters are targeted by those who disagree with them.

So while Kyle Rittenhouse may be in the clear for the moment, there’s a very good chance he’s going to be back in court very soon, and his luck will eventually run out.

 

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Attorney For Jan. 6 Rioter: My Client Has Info About The ‘Kings And Queens’ Who Organized The Attack

An attorney for some of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 is hinting that her clients are about to spill the beans on what she calls the “kings and queens” who organized the insurrection.

According to Politico, Heather Shaner, who represents several of the defendants who have been charged in connection with the Capitol riots, is helping the committee get a better picture of everyone who was involved in the violence:

Shaner also revealed that she helped connect the committee with another source — not one of her clients — who claimed to have information related to associates of Alex Jones, the far right broadcaster who helped promote pro-Trump election conspiracy theories.

Shaner told NBC News that her intent is to make sure her clients aren’t made to pay for the crimes of other, more senior members of the group that planned the attempted coup on the same day Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College votes from last November’s election which was overwhelmingly won by President Joe Biden:

“We want to see the queens and kings prosecuted not the pawns.”

The Jan. 6 Select Committee has also been hearing testimony from others who have been charged with crimes connected to the insurrection, Politico notes:

The committee has been interviewing and collecting documents from those involved in planning the rallies, though it’s unclear if all of the depositions have gone forward. A deposition set for Friday with a former Justice Department official who aided Trump’s effort to overturn the election was postponed after he switched attorneys.

Several former Trump administration officials — i.e. Steve Bannon and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — have also been subpoenaed for documents and testimony regarding what if any role they may have played in the attack on the Capitol building. Despite the subpoena, Bannon is refusing to comply and has been charged by the Justice Department with criminal contempt of Congress.

 

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Capitol Rioter Whines He’s ‘Radioactive – No One Wants To Hire Me!’

In today’s edition of “MAGA morons gone to hell,” we have a man by the name of Robert Reeder who got all teary-eyed when he appeared before a judge for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that left five people dead.

In federal court, Reeder — who pleaded guilty to charges of illegally parading, demonstrating, and picketing the Capitol — told the judge that he was ever-so sorry for what he’d done and suggested being a part of the insurrection was “the biggest mistake of my life,” according to Scott MacFarlane of NBC 4 Washington:

“I sincerely apologize for my shameful actions. I committed unacceptable actions for being there. I know it was really tough for the police… I’ve always supported the police 110%.”

Yeah, he supported the police so much that he took part in an illegal riot that left a member of the Capitol Police Force dead and numerous others injured and with lifelong post-traumatic stress disorder.

After offering up his empty apologies, Reeder began to whine about the toll his actions have had on him:

“I’ve lost my job. I’m radioactive. No one wants to hire me. They just have to Google my name.”

Reeder also said that he is no longer allowed to be a Boy Scout leader and even his church has told him to stay away from services so he won’t be “a distraction” for others in the congregation.

The judge, however, wasn’t all that receptive to Reeder’s tale of woe, McFarlane reports, remarking:

“It’s become evident to me in the riot cases, many of the defendants who are pleading guilty are not truly accepting responsibility. They seem to be trying to get this out of the way as quickly as possible.”

Reeder was sentenced to three months in jail, and his conviction will be public knowledge, meaning that his job prospects probably won’t be any better once he’s released from custody.

Does anyone actually believe Robert Reeder is contrite? If so, then you’d probably be interested in some lovely lakefront property I’m trying to unload.

 

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Roger Stone’s Radio Interview Goes Haywire When He’s Served With A Lawsuit For His Role In The Jan. 6 Riots

Roger Stone got a pardon from failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump after he was convicted on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress, but he’s in legal trouble yet again, getting handed a lawsuit by a process server Wednesday while he was in the middle of a radio interview.

Audio of the process server giving Stone the bad news was posted on Twitter by former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski and has quickly gone viral:

“While Roger Stone was live on the air this morning with ‘Real Talk 93.3’ (St Louis) doing an interview about the 2024 election, he gets served by a process server with the January 6 lawsuit.”

Stone had just started to explain to the interviewer why he thinks it’s so important for Trump to run again when he announced:

“Hold on a second, I have a process server at my front door about to serve me in the latest lawsuit.”

The papers, Stone said, were related to a civil lawsuit in the District of Columbia:

“Alright, I have just been served in the January 6th lawsuit — live, right here on your radio show. This is a big, big stack of papers, which is good, because we’re out of toilet paper.”

Cheering quickly began on social media after Stone revealed he was headed to court yet again:

Karma is a son of a bitch, ain’t it, Roger?

 

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Judge Rules Prosecutors Must Name All Of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Sex Trafficking Co-Conspirators

A federal judge has ruled that prosecutors are required to name any and all co-conspirators in the upcoming sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly acquired and groomed underage girls for sex with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Law & Crime reports that U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan wrote in a three-page ruling:

“The government argues that there is no risk of surprise because ‘it currently intends’ to introduce the alleged co-conspirator statements of only two individuals. At the same time, however, the Government proffers that it ‘may change its view as it prepares for trial.’ […] The Court thus finds the Government’s reassurance hollow and insufficient to ensure that the Defendant may adequately prepare her defenses.”

Judge Nathan added that what prosecutors didn’t argue in their filings was significant:

“Moreover, the Government has not alleged that disclosure here would create ‘potential danger to co-conspirators’ or risk ‘compromising continuing investigations,’” the judge wrote. “It merely argues that disclosing the identities risks ‘harm to the Government from restricting its proof at trial.’

“The Government provides no explanation for this purported harm and none is apparent to the Court,” she wrote. “Thus, the Court finds that this concern alone does not outweigh the risk of surprise to the Defendant in this case or the need for the parties to litigate co-conspirator issues in advance of trial to ensure the absence of delay.”

Among that names that could be included in the government’s case as co-conspirators are Epstein, Prince Andrew of the British royal family, and former President Donald Trump, who was a longtime friend of Epstein and allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl with the deceased money manager. Those charges were later dropped, but the victim said she only withdrew her accusation due to threats against her and her family.

Maxwell is also facing a second trial on other charges:

“Charged with sex trafficking and other offenses, Maxwell faces a superseding indictment with alleged conspiracies that date back decades. The scheme charged in one of the counts spans between 1994 to 2004, and the other runs between 2001 and 2004.”

Maxwell’s trial begins on November 19 in New York.