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In DC Insurrection Case Proud Boy Chrestman Remains Detained Speedy Trial Act Time Excluded

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FEDERAL COURT, Jan 5 –Back on February 23, 2021 William Chrestman, who was depicted as present at the Capitol on January 6 with an axe handle and gas mask, was ordered detained pending trial. Inner City Press live tweeted it here and below (podcast here)

On January 5, 2022, the assigned DDC District Judge Timothy J. Kelly held a proceeding on Chrestman and his co-defendants. Inner City Press live tweeted it here:

Judge Kelly: We'll have to schedule around Mr. Chestman's availability in jail. March 2 at 2 pm? Clerk: Yes.

Judge Kelly: Is it bad for any other counsel? Hearing no objection, we'll see it for status on March 2. [Note: all Jan 6 cases in DDC have call-in lines]

Judge Kelly: Given the voluminous discovery, I will exclude time under the Speedy Trial Act. Plus, we have two new counsel in the case now, one of whom has other January 6 clients. There are discussions to resolve some of these cases before trial.

Defense lawyer Smith: My client has a GPS bracelet; he works for a 5G network. If he could work in the field without the bracelet, he could make more money. We might file something.

Judge Kelly: We'll keep an eye out for that. It's been raised before to me.

Judge Kelly: See everyone March 2. [Inner City Press will continue to cover this case, and others - in DDC.] Adjourned. 

From Feb 23, 2021: DDC Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell asks, "Why do you call it an axe handle? It looks like a club."  AUSA: POYB, for the Proud Boys, means "Proud Of Your Boy." Those are the initials on the rifle.

Chief Judge Howell: The government has said there are two who are moving to cooperate. Are you concerned that this defendant might intimidate co-conspirators? A person who is part of a conspiracy is not necessarily a threat to cooperators. Be more specific

 Chief Judge Howell: Mr. Chestman's counsel asks, with all the video evidence out there, "what is left to obstruct?" Do you want to respond? The AUSA is trying.

AUSA: It is not true that the fever is broken, that there's no longer an echo chamber. There are still plans for political violence. And there's the National Guard across the street. Chief Judge Howell: Will we ever be able to walk again freely? Shockingly unclear.

Chief Judge Howell: The charged conduct in this case does not give rise to a rebuttable presumption. So the US bears the burden. Chief Judge Howell: One crime the defendant is charged with carries a 20 year sentence. He is also charged with impeding the Capitol Police - that carries 5 years in prison.

Chief Judge Howell: He's also charged with a misdemeanor charge that I won't go into. We live with the aftermath, a militarized city. Mr. Chrestman took deliberate steps to stop the police. We have videos, him in his baseball cap, with a thick axe handle

 Chief Judge Howell: We see him talking with other Proud Boys, and marching with them. He knocks down police barricades. He yelled, "You shoot and I'll take your f*cking as* out."

 Chief Judge Howell: He put orange tape on his helmet, so one Proud Boy could recognize another, this gang. He put on his gas mask. He was well-prepared. Afterwards he traveled back to Kansas. He's shown no remorse.

Judge Howell: The proffered defense that he just did what the president said would, if accepted, undermine the rule of law. This all weighs for pre-trail detention.  He has very limited criminal history. He has children. Same house 17 years. A veteran. In the past.

 Chief Judge Howell: This is not a close case. All four factors favor pre-trial detention. Mr. Chrestman will be held without bond.

We'll have more on this.

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