Internet troll faces trial after Capitol riot appeal fails

A federal judge has set next year’s trial for far-right hackers after the man, known to his social media followers as the “Paked Alaska”, refused to plead guilty Wednesday to a felony charge stemming from the riots at the U.S. Capitol..

US District Judge Emmett Sullivan refused to accept a guilty plea Anthem Geonet After he pleaded not guilty at the start of what was to be a plea agreement hearing. Instead, the judge has set a trial date for 2023 for Jeunet, accused of a misdemeanor of display, demonstration or a sit-in inside the Capitol.

“If he wants a trial, he’ll get a fair trial,” Sullivan said.

After private consultation with Giunt’s attorney, Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Aloi said that the plaintiffs will leave the petition’s view open for 60 days. The judge set a July 22 hearing to put the case in the case.

Gionet would have faced a maximum sentence of six months in prison if he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor.

During the January 6, 2021 riots, GeoNet broadcast a live video that showed himself inside the Capitol and repeatedly encouraged other rioters to stay there. He joined others in chanting “Patriots in control” and “Who’s home? Our home!” Before leaving, the FBI said, he bluntly called a police officer a “sworn sworn.”

Jeunet told the judge that he wanted a trial but claimed that prosecutors had threatened to “beat him” for an additional criminal charge.

“So I think this is probably the best way,” he added.

“Do you plead guilty because you are guilty?” Sullivan asked.

“I think I’m innocent, your honor,” replied Jonny.

“I cannot accept your plea of ​​guilt if you tell me you are innocent,” the judge said.

Alloy said prosecutors never threatened to file a felony charge against Geonet if he didn’t take the plea deal.

“We said that the case will continue to be investigated and where the accusations will eventually lead to the facts,” she said.

“I accept this representation,” the judge said. “Your office has gone in a very honorable manner.”

Geonet’s attorney claimed that he only went to Washington, D.C., to document what happened that day. The prosecution challenged Giunt’s claim that he was a member of the media.

Other defendants in the riots argued that they only went to the Capitol as journalists To document what happened on January 6th. Infowars hosts Jonathan Owen Schroer He asked a judge to drop riot charges, accusing prosecutors of infringing on his First Amendment rights to “protest, speak freely and report the news.”

Federal authorities used Gionet’s video to go after other rioters, including three men from New York City. Antonio Ferrigno, Francis Connor and Anton Lunik pleaded guilty on April 28 to charges related to the riots. Gionnett’s live broadcast showed them to Senator Jeff Merkley’s office, according to court files accompanying the plea agreements.

Geonet was arrested in Houston less than two weeks after the riot. He has moved from Arizona to Florida since his arrest.

Giunt, who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, has used social media to build followers in far-right political circles. Known for posting videos in which he attempts to trolling or pull pranks on his targets, he was scheduled to speak at the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, before the violence and bloodshed erupted in 2017.

BuzzFeed, where Gionet once worked, reported that Twitter blocked permanently From her podium after the Charlottesville rally.

In January, Giunt was sentenced to 30 days in prison Because of misdemeanor convictions stemming from a December 2020 meeting in which authorities said he sprayed pepper on an employee at a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More than 790 people have been charged with the Capitol riots. More than 280 of them pleaded guilty, most of them to misdemeanours, and more than 170 of them were sentenced. Nearly 100 others have trial dates.