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In Jan 6 Case Croy Says Didn't Know Unauthorized But Judge Howell Accepts Plea

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FEDERAL COURT, August 9 -- On August 9, months after the DC Circuit's decision in US v. Munchel, DDC Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell had before her Capitol breach defendant Glenn Croy, ostensibly pleading guilty. Inner City Press tweeted it, here:  (podcast here)

Jan 6 guilty plea before DDC Chief Judge Howell in US v. Croy running into trouble - Croy says he didn't realize it was not authorized to enter. "I didn't see any signs."

 Music Video IV: "Guilty Plea Blues of Fairlamb," by Matthew Russell Lee. On Aug 6 I live tweeted the change of plea of Scott Fairlamb, guideline of 41 months & FBI de-brief, some videos still withheld by DDC Judge Mehta despite Inner City Press filing. So, song

Judge Howell: You were on the Capitol steps for an hour, correct? [In the manner of cross-examination] Croy: I was not on the steps for an hour. Judge Howell: You're saying here today, under oath, you didn't know you weren't supposed to be there? Croy: No sign.

Judge Howell: Did the police say anything? Croy: They were shooting pepper spray and balls. Judge Howell: That didn't give you a clue it was no OK to be there?

Defense lawyer: He just said that. [Not really] Croy: I've never been to rally, I've never been to the Capitol. Everybody walked from the Washington Monument, then we walked in. I didn't hear anything like, this is an unlawful assembly. As soon as I heard that, later, we left.

 Croy: Over the summer, I saw on TV the protests, people being hit with gas -- Judge Howell: AUSA, please describe the charges. Assistant US Attorney: Entering the Capitol without permission, knowingly.

AUSA: For the purpose of the charge he's plead to, he knew he didn't have permission. Judge Howell: Any objection? Defense: I have an object to the statement that he wanted to stop the vote of Congress. He had no intention of stopping any vote.

 Judge Howell: This is the puzzle. What were they picketing about? AUSA: The contextual facts indicate that was the purpose -- Judge Howell: What was the purpose? AUSA: Stopping the electoral process. Judge Howell: Why isn't that in the statement of offense.

 Judge Howell: The government's position is that they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the purpose was to stop the certification? Really?

 AUSA: One caveat - I understand that others charged that the government would seek only probation. Mr Croy has not been offered that.

Judge Howell: In the papers, it says Mr. Croy would allow the authorities to interview him about Jan 6 - this is not a normal cooperation agreement. Damages in Paragraph 11 are estimated at $1,495,000... Didn't Congress just reimburse the National Guard for more?

Judge Howell: The cost of this riot was $500M. Why are you asking for so little? AUSA: It's a standard plea. Judge Howell: I've only seen one other. AUSA: I'm happy to revisit -- Judge Howell: I'd like it in your sentencing memo. [So she's accepting this plea??]

 Judge Howell: Can the defense summarize the plea agreement? Defense: In sum, basically, Mr. Croy is charged in a four count information, he's pleading to one with the other three being dismissed. He's agreed to a statement of offense and an additional interview. Inner City Press @innercitypress · 21m Judge Howell: The maximum sentence is six months... Do you understand? Croy: Yes, ma'am. Judge Howell: You've agreed to pay $500 to the Treasury for damage to the CapItol building, and forFEITure. Croy: Yes, ma'am.

Judge Howell: How do you plead to Count 4?

Croy: Guilty. Judge Howell: I find this knowing and voluntary and the plea is accepted. Sentencing, October 15 at noon. Defense: I'm supposed to be out of the country but probably canceled to the variants.

Judge Howell: Let's schedule it for then. Anything further? Defense: We need his phone back. Judge Howell: Good luck with that. I know there were a lot of phones. Excused.

  Back in July, on US v. Robert Morss,  Inner City Press live tweeted here.

  Judge Harvey considered videos and purported to order to make them available to the public - but they still are not, confined to a password protected DOJ platform USAfx, see below, even as Judge Harvey detained Morss. Inner City Press wrote to Judge Harvey; his Chamber first said wait, then "Mr. Lee: If you still want access to the videos you should file a motion pursuant to the local rules."

   So for the public to have access to judicial documents the public must have or pay a DDC lawyer? Inner City Press made another filing, to Judge Harvey, DOJ and the "Coalition's" Lauren Russell at - the filing is on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud, here.

 On July 23 first Inner City Press was told that the filing would be docketed and likely approved. Then that DOJ would call (it did). For now, no access to the videos in USA v. Schwartz, 21-cr-178 (requesting pending before Judge Mehta) and US v. Jensen, and US v. Harrelson.

  Here are some of the Morss case videos Inner City Press immediately uploaded: I (with a red arrow pointing at a man with a tactical vest, apparently with armored plates);

II  (in which Morss says "Back up" and an officer picks up and pushes back a person, no arrest);

III  (in which Morss near end gestures to officers to move; note PRESS jacket floating through);

IV (in which Morss right at end lunges and grabs metal barrier, raised it up); and

V (in which after much shoving Morss right at end again appears, grabbing).

And, a day later, this Inner City Press music video.

  Inner City Press' understanding is that after the Media Coalition filings and the Chief Judge's response, now even media that otherwise would have access have been denied it, and the public has gotten nothing. We'll 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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