PHOENIX (AP) – Idaho man wearing a helmet is photographed hanging from the balcony of the Senate with one hand during the revolt in the US Capitol on Jan. 6. He returned six days later. Josiah Colt made an embarrassing and apologetic video for attacking the building while getting stuck in the vehicle while taking him to the Boise prison.
Jacob Chansley, self-described QAnon Shaman Taking a photo on the senate rostrum wearing a face paint and a furry hat with horns, the artist also lacks the enthusiasm he once showed for the uprising. A month later, he wrote an apology from the prison and sought understanding as he began to deal with his actions.
Dozens of rebels confronted with compelling video and photographic evidence at court He apologized and regretted that the consequences of his actions began to collapse. The consequences include potential job losses, financial ruin and possible time behind bars.
“This will and should have consequences for these people for the rest of their lives,” said John Flannery, a former federal attorney and Capitol Hill attorney.
Other possible consequences captured in photos that went viral before leaving the Colt and Capitol building: humility beyond their lives as these images enter the history books.
A lawyer for Dominic PezzolaSaying that the authorities were a member of the extremist Proud Boys group and smashed a Capitol window with a police shield, he said in a file that his client’s incarceration had left his wife and two children in desperate financial trouble.
In a February file for Pezzola’s release pending trial, lawyer Jonathan Zucker also stated that several workers in a floor assembly business led by Pezzola were also unemployed because Pezzola was imprisoned.
Attorney Pezzola wrote that he was saddened by his actions, including posting a video of a triumphant speech while smoking a “victory” cigar on the Capitol.
“Since his arrest, he now realizes he has been fooled into these false beliefs, since he has had time to think and see how things unfold them. “The elections were stolen from President Donald Trump,” wrote Zucker.
Expressing his loyalty to Trump and calling the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi a traitor, Colt, speaking in the video, seemed to have noticed the long-term consequences of his actions in the Capitol in the minutes before his arrest., later published by KBOI-TV.
“I never thought of doing anything that would bring black eyes to my family, my country,” he said, adding that he had received death threats.
Regret struck some rebels earlier than others.
The day after Chad Jones He allegedly waved a flagpole to the police just outside the palace office, told a friend he was “stupid” and added that he knew he was “in big trouble” according to court documents.
He was right. A week later, in a federal complaint, he was accused, among other things, of using a weapon – a flagpole – to attack an officer. The charges are subject to a maximum of 60 years in prison.
Samuel Camargo, who posted a video on Instagram showing him grappling with the police trying to break into the door of the Capitol, was on Facebook a day later, apologizing.
“I apologize to all the people I am disappointed that it was neither what I was nor what I represented,” he wrote. Camargo was also charged.
It didn’t necessarily help her case. A judge ordered Camargo, who was arrested on the opening day in Washington.He was jailed pending trial after it was concluded that no release clause could lead Camargo to appear in court.
Since an uprising procession ended in front of the federal judges, some apologized before going to court, it was impossible to discern who sincerely apologized and who expressed regret by the court in a preemptive proposal for leniency.
18-year-old rebel Bruno Joseph Cua, behind bars and approaching after his arrest in March He wrote a letter to the court assuring his regret and his humility for this experience. “The lesson has been completely taken, Your Honor,” wrote Cua, according to court documents.
Two months ago, Cua posted enthusiastic notes on social media saying that joining the crowds running to the Capitol is part of his history. In a sentence that the jurors would probably take as admission of guilt: “Yes, we got in physically.”
Between rude awakenings: There is no excuse agreement yet, but they can be between jobs. Given that it is an attack that many see as the bastion of American democracy, sentiment among prosecutors, judges, and the general public is not entirely tolerant, at least for the time being.
Pezzola’s judge rejected the request for bond, citing a potential danger to society and saying that Pezzola’s expressions of remorse could no longer outweigh evidence that he was “willing to play an important role in an act of political violence”.
To date, more than 300 Capitol Hill rebels have been charged. Some are accused of carefully planning and coordinating the attack on January 6. Most people are not accused of violence or damage to property, but of crossing security lines and entering restricted areas.
In most cases, there is little disagreement about the accused infringing the Capitol building by presenting evidence of themselves in selfies and videos posted online.
Edward Jacob lang As a crowd of Trump supporters passed through the Capitol tunnel, he beat the police and posted a photo of himself. He then took the trouble of putting a finger emoji on the photo, pointing to a blurry image of someone next to the tunnel. “THIS IS ME” was written in its title. The photo was featured in the January 16 complaint that accused him.
Speaking through lawyers, some rebels said they followed the flow of the crowd and gave little insight into what they were doing until it was too late.
James Rahm said in a video statement he made before he was charged that he knew “the FBI was coming for me” the moment he walked through the threshold of the Capitol gate. The 61-year-old said he was “caught in the passion of the moment”.
Psychologists have long observed how individuals in frenzied crowds lose their sense of individual responsibility and are willing to engage in anti-social behavior that they would never contemplate on their own.
It is unlikely that the courts will allow lawyers to use the psychology of the crowd as a defense at the trial. Potentially convictions could be made to try to explain how those who had no previous criminal record violated the law.
Among the most prominent figures to apologize for the Capitol rebellion is Chansley, the Shaman of QAnon from Phoenix, who expressed disappointment with Trump, who attacked the building with a spear and refused to ask for forgiveness.
In his apology, Chansley sought patience for himself and the others involved, as they “had a very difficult time bringing together what happened to us, everything that happened around us and by us”.
“We are good people who care deeply about our country,” wrote Chansley.
A month later, a judge rejecting Chansley’s offer to get out of jail questioned whether the man in Arizona was still under Trump’s spell, and Chansley said in a “60 Minutes +” interview on CBS that he did not regret his loyalty to Trump. .
Tarm reported from Chicago.