Judge Rejects Capitol Rioter’s Request to Take Jamaican Vacation – CBS Detroit

(CNN) A federal judge colorfully rejected a defendant in the Capitol Rebellion’s request for a 10-day escape in Jamaica on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of attack on the Capitol.

A federal judge colorfully rejected a defendant in the U.S. Capitol rioters’ request for a 10-day escape to Jamaica on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack. | Credit: Ministry of Justice

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Anthony Williams – who has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the riots on January 6 – had asked to travel to meet his girlfriend’s family.

According to Williams’ request, “(h) e would live in a home owned by his girlfriend’s father and intends to spend time working on a local non-profit, St. Anthony’s Kitchen, in Negril, Jamaica.”

But as Chief Justice Beryl Howell put it, Williams “wanted to leave the Michigan winter to spend ten days in Jamaica’s warmer skies.”

“While such a meeting may be an important step in the defendant’s personal affairs,” Howell wrote in his refusal Thursday, “the defendant relinquished his right to unrestricted international travel, even ‘more than a year’ ago, on the 30th. December, 2020, he reportedly announced that he intended to ‘Storm the Swamp’ … and a week later, on January 6, 2021, he followed up by joining a mob at the Capitol that, in his words, ‘ train [that] damn building. ‘”

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Howell also noted that Williams allegedly said the day was “the proudest day of (his) life.”

“This court will not celebrate the one-year anniversary of this attack on the Capitol by acceding to the defendant’s request for unnecessary overseas travel while awaiting sentencing for his actions that day,” Howell concluded.

Defendants often face travel restrictions while awaiting trial, and it is not uncommon for defendants awaiting trial to apply for permission to go on vacation. Most requests are approved by judges.

Just a month after the riot, an alleged troublemaker and unsuccessful mayoral candidate from Texas. allowed to go to Mexico for a “work-related bonding retreat.” Many troublemakers have been allowed to travel on holidays, including accused Oath Keeper Donovan Crowl.

But at least one other troublemaker has been unlucky. Troy Williams, a 25-year-old future groom who allegedly claimed he “did nothing wrong” by storming the Capitol, withdrew a request to get married back in his fiancée’s home country of Peru after the Justice Department called him an “air risk”. . “

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