Actor accused in riot almost spoke way to stay in jail

An actor accused of storming the U.S. capital as a member of far-right militia group Oath Keepers almost spoke his way to remain in jail after a judge on Monday heard the Florida man was challenging court authority over him.

An actor accused of storming the U.S. capital as a member of far-right militia group Oath Keepers almost spoke his way to remain in jail after a judge on Monday heard the Florida man was challenging court authority over him.

A prosecutor said he did not plan to seek custody of James Beeks of Orlando, Florida until he was told in court that the actor did not accept the court’s jurisdiction over him.

Beeks, who has appeared in a touring production of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” and as a Michael Jackson impersonator, initially declined to be represented by a lawyer and made comments that the judge called “gobbledygook.”

“A defendant who rejects court jurisdiction, denies being subject to U.S. law, rejects the rule of law, is typically not released before trial because that person cannot be trusted to comply with the conditions of pre-trial release,” the Chief US said. District Judge Beryl Howell warned Beeks during a hearing in federal court in Washington, DC

The production company, which employs Beeks, said he recently informed the company that he is a “sovereign citizen,” according to prosecutors. During Monday’s hearing, Beeks denied being part of the “sovereign citizen” extremist movement, which believes the US government is illegitimate.

His chances of being released from prison seemed to diminish as he offered answers that the judge said she could not understand. Then another lawyer, Michelle Peterson, intervened on Beeks.

Beeks then had Petersen represent him and was ordered released from prison after agreeing to follow the court-imposed conditions of release, such as accepting GPS surveillance, not possessing a gun and having no contact with members of the Oath Keepers.

The Beeks were arrested in Milwaukee last Tuesday. He has not yet filed an appeal for a criminal charge of obstruction of Congress and a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering a restricted building or area.

Authorities say Beeks, who entered the Capitol wearing a jacket from Michael Jackson’s “BAD” world tour, was a member of the Oath Keepers and had paid membership fees to the group two weeks before the riot.

Since Jan. 6, more than 650 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to crimes in the U.S. capital, officials said.

A few other defendants accused in the Capitol riot have advocated ideologies and expressed rhetoric that appear to be in line with the “sovereign citizens” movement.

In September, another federal judge in Washington jailed self-represented defendant Pauline Bauer for failing to comply with court orders to cooperate with supervisors during her pre-trial release. Bauer, who owns a restaurant in rural Kane, Pennsylvania, has repeatedly interrupted the judge during hearings and has argued in vain that the court has no jurisdiction over her. ___

Billeaud reported from Phoenix.

Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Follow us on Google News

Disclaimers for mcutimes.com

All the information on this website - https://mcutimes.com - is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. mcutimes.com does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (mcutimes.com), is strictly at your own risk. mcutimes.com will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website.

Give a Comment