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In DC Insurrection Case 3 Percenter Reffitt Detention Continued As Kids Cited, Speedy Trial Demanded

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FEDERAL COURT, May 13 – Minutes into a break in the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, accused insurrectionist Domenic Pezzola was ordered detained until trial by Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. Inner City Press live tweeted it, below. There was an appeal.

  On May 6, well over a month after the DC Circuit's decision in US v. Munchel, Judge Dabney L. Friedrich reviewed the detention of Guy Reffitt and, citing his membership in the Texas Three Percenters and threats to at least one of his children. Inner City Press covered it, and song Inner City Press live tweeted it here:

  Reffitt's lawyer: January 6 was a unique day - the certification, the protests. It won't happen again. See, the Munchel decision. There is no presumption of detention in this case.

Judge Dabney Friedrich: What about the threats to the children, which the daughter said she didn't feel, and the bear spray? And the militia groups? Reffitt's lawyer: You could order, no e-mail. The person is then shut down. The government seized 30 devices.

 Reffitt's lawyer: He was not overly aggressive. He said, "You can't stop us all... They're trying to take our country." The whole interaction was five minutes. 2 weeks later he consented to a search of his home and the seizure of his firearms.

Assistant US Attorney: We expect to pursue additional charges against Mr. Reffitt. We have more evidence of him being armed in DC. Judge: You have a witness? AUSA: Who was with Mr. Reffitt in DC, he believed he was armed when he approached the Capitol

Judge, to defense: Do you dispute he was one of the ring-leaders? One of the first to run up the stairs, and three methods were used to stop him? Reffitt's lawyer: I don't dispute who went up the steps. But "ring leader" is an opinion.

Judge: If they had to deter him with pepper spray, and he persisted. I find it hard to be confident he'd obey my orders. Reffitt's lawyer: Now he's seen the jail that you'd put him back into. AUSA: He talked about California since the National Guard was in DC.

AUSA: He talked about a social media company with a server farmer near him, what a sniper shot could do. He's in the  Texas Three Percenters. Judge: Are they in his city? AUSA: The two Zoomers were 2 hours way.

Judge: I'll rule in 15 minutes. Thread will continue.

 OK - Judge Dabney Friedrich is back. "I'm prepared to rule. I've reviewed the record and Judge Zaruqui's detention order. I do believe the government has justified holding this hearing, on the risk of obstruction of justice.

Judge: The grand jury indicted Mr. Reffitt for obstructing Congress and threatening his children. He came to DC with a helmet, to engage in violence. He wanted to drag the Vice President by his ankles. He was wearing armor.

Judge: Mr. Reffitt's history weighs slightly for detention. He lack resources to flee. His business has been shut due to COVID. His misdemeanors are DUI & firearms. He has letters of support. Even so, they do not outweigh his threats to his children, his son left.Judge: He purchased bear spray for his next battle. Government quotes him ready to attack a social media company's generators. The Court concludes he is a danger. No third party custodian could mitigate that.

Judge Friedrich: The Court finds Mr. Reffitt a concrete threat that cannot be mitigated by conditions. He must remain detained. That is my ruling.

 Judge: He'll remain detained. Next hearing, on motions, July 21 at 11 am. Trial asap, Reffitt wants August.

After Reffitt's lawyer opposes excluding time to July, Judge Friedrich moves next hearing up to June 4 at 9:30 am - but will exclude Speedy Trial Act time. Reffitt wants a speedy jury trial.

We will have more on this.

Inner City Press live tweeted Riley June Williams on January 25, here. 

  From January 22, song here: Thread here.

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