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In DC Insurrection Case Richard Harris Who Earlier Pushed Journo in Oregon Is Freed on Bond

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FEDERAL COURT, May 19 – 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 18, months after the DC Circuit's decision in US v. Munchel, DDC Judge Carl J. Nichols held a couple of detention review of Richard Harris who had earlier pushed a journalist at an Oregon protest of COVID restrictions. Song here. Harris was was ordered freed on conditions. Inner City Press live tweeted it here:

Defense lawyer says "Mr Harris may have shoved a journalist."

DDC Judge Carl J. Nichols is asking about the shoving of journalist case in Oregon, three weeks later he was inside the Capitol, "threatening police officers" and made the phone calls that are part of the record here. [Here's Oregon video, here; see also in full disclosure UN video here.]

Judge Nichols: What conditions are you proposing? Harris' lawyer: He'd live at his father's, with GPS monitoring... We'd suggest $250,000 promissory bond, the entire equity in his father's house.

Harris' lawyer: Much has been made about Mr. Harris' travels. It was a month and half later, he drove with car in his name, credit card in his name. Yes, he was arrested in Florida. There's a lot for beach life and clubs. He wasn't trying to hide there.

Harris' lawyer: Mr. Harris was an Amazon delivery driver. Then he went to DC... Then back to California to see his girlfriend and new born child. Then he drove cross country. "I did a Google search, there's a highway from Nevada to I-75 to Atlanta and Florida

 Harris' lawyer: "It's not like he was on the run for a long period of time... After the call was made, he stayed in the same area.  Judge Nichols: I know that Mr. Harris Sr is on the line. Would he be comfortable being a surety, and being responsible for his son?

 Harris' lawyer: I spoke with his father. You can ask him questions. Mr. Harris Senior: Judge, I would welcome the opportunity to help my son. I know he is dependable and reliable. I would be putting up my house.

Harris Sr: I lent him $10,000 in the past, to fix a house and sell it. And he paid me back. Judge Nichols: Are you saying you would play a role in ensuring he would comply with my conditions? Or would you be just a landlord?

 Harris Sr: I'm his father and I'll always be his father. I could not charge him rent. Judge Nichols: Thank you very much Mr. Harris. Harris' lawyer: Because Fred Harris is retired, he will be home in the day and monitoring his son.

 Assistant US Attorney: I really appreciate Mr. Fred Harris' position. He's gone through this twice. The defendant is 40 years old. He was living out of his car.

AUSA: I do not think he could be trusted to keep a GPS bracelet on, if he lives in his car for 11 weeks. It was like something out of the 19th Century. He was not interested in supporting his twins. We included the Oregon incident, at the anti lockdown protest

 AUSA: Who know if we'll have another lockdown? We suggest he pushed the journalist because he had a camera, and could take pictures of people trying to break in to the [state] capitol...

AUSA: He know his picture was on the FBI Most Wanted List. And he kept driving. So he's a flight risk. Judge Nichols: But you are also saying he's a danger. After Munchel, what is your argument?

AUSA: There's a pattern. That's all I can say.

 Harris' lawyer: The AUSA says he pushed the journalist to stop him taking pictures. But in the Capitol he was being filmed & he was fine with it. We don't know when the pandemic will open the courts up again. This case should be resolved before the next elections

Judge Nichols: I'll take a break of five or ten minutes, to consider what's being said, including by Mr. Harris Senior. I'll turn off my camera but I can still hear you. I'll be back.

 Judge Nichols is back. He quotes Harris, "Can I speak to Nancy Pelosi? I'm coming for you, your traitor." That conduct was aggressive and threatening. But it was not accompanied with physical action.

Judge Nichols: The government has not shown that Mr. Harris helped plan it, or had a weapon in the chamber of Commerce, I mean, of Congress.  He has adopted a transient lifestyle but he was not on the run...

 Judge Nichols: At the Oregon capital protest of Coronavirus restrictions, he shoved a reporter. Then at the Capitol he broke in and made remarks about Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence. But he didn't intend to track down or threaten anyone, over the last 2 1/2 months.

Judge Nichols: The US have not shown he is a flight risk, given the conditions I can oppose. And it is not an unreasonable danger to the community, given the conditions.

Judge Nichols: Mr. Harris, you are to remain in the District of Oregon and only visit DC for court. Possible substance abuse treatment. Wear a GPS monitoring device and submitted to home detention - you can leave for groceries, medical care or worship

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.

 Inner City Press' John Earle Sullivan song on SoundCloud here. 


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