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Ryan Grim's "Gibberish" about Co-Conspirator Statements

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emptywheel
In an attempt to defend a hoax about Siggi Thordarson's purported retraction of his testimony against Julian Assange, Ryan Grim called a key legal concept "gibberish."
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"Civil War Started:" Zach Rehl's Blow-by-Blow of the Riot

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emptywheel
In Zach Rehl's blow-by-blow of the riot, he described the breach of the Capitol as a civil war.
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Schrödinger's Capitol: Three Things Owen Shroyer Neglects to Mention

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emptywheel
In a motion to dismiss accusing the FBI of misleading the court, Owen Shroyer lies about the circumstances that led Alex Jones and him to lure hundreds of people to the East side of the Capitol only to inflame them with chants of "1776."
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Andrew McCabe Got His Pension and His Cufflinks -- But Is that Adequate Recourse for the Country?

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emptywheel
DOJ settled Andrew McCabe's lawsuit yesterday. By doing so, DOJ will bury key details of how Donald Trump politicized DOJ.
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Jenny Cudd's Pre- and Post-Riot Endorsement of a Revolution

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emptywheel
New language in Jenny Cudd's statement of offense shows that, before she went to the riot on January 6, she stated she was "all for" a revolution. After she returned, she bragged that she had been present "when the new revolution started."
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Marina Medvin's Client Signs a Plea with the Potential of a Terrorism Enhancement

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emptywheel
January 6 defense attorney Marina Medvin spends lots of time accusing people of being terrorists on Twitter. It's an interesting habit for an attorney whose client, yesterday, pled guilty to a plea agreement that reserves the right to ask for a terrorist enhancement at sentencing.
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Royce Lamberth Refers DC Jail to DOJ for Civil Rights Investigation

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emptywheel
Royce Lamberth referred the DC jail for investigation based on its lassitude in helping Christopher Worrell medical treatment.
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Brandon Fellows Demands Positive Reinforcement as an Accused Criminal, Before Confessing to More Crimes

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emptywheel
By using his bond reconsideration hearing to lay out a bunch of transparent excuses about his own actions, Brandon Fellows exhibited for Trump appointed judge Trevor McFadden how much bullshit and false victimization January 6 defendants are spewing.
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What is the appropriate sanction for a "pawn" who participated in a coup attempt?

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emptywheel
Defense Attorney Heather Shaner argues that probation is a better way to deal with "pawns" whom coup plotters exploited as part of their coup attempt. She may not have the answer, but she's asking the right question.
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DOJ Was Still Working to Access Joshua Schulte's Phone in September 2019

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emptywheel
Glenn Greenwald thinks that because the CIA didn't have proof Julian Assange was a Russian agent on April 13, 2017, that's proof that they haven't obtained any such evidence from one of at least three investigations focusing on WikiLeaks since then.
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FBI Searches the Home of the Guy Who Said, "I want to see thousands of normies burn that city to ash" on January 6

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emptywheel
For months, the Proud Boy leaders have been claiming that Aaron Whallon-Wolkind's behavior leading up to the January 6 riot was more damning than their own. Now, Zach Rehl's lawyer is attempting to claim none of that is true.
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Puzzling Developments in the January 6 Investigation

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emptywheel
It's pretty clear that DOJ keeps flipping Oath Keeper defendants. But in a series of other cases, there have been recent developments that defy understanding.
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Michael Sussmann Attempts to Bill [of Particulars] Durham for His Sloppy Indictment Language

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emptywheel
In a motion for a Bill of Particulars, Michael Sussmann identifies two big holes in John Durham's indictment of him. But he also makes a reasonable argument that Durham's description of Sussman's alleged lie is too squishy to prove at trial.
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The Two New Material Errors Are the News from the IG Report on Woods File Errors

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emptywheel
DOJ IG released another of its reports on FISA, showing that for 2.6% of FISA applications, the FBI didn't have any Woods file attesting to the accuracy of discrete factual claims in the application. But while the report shows far more substantive issues that need to be addressed with the FISA process, it doesn't acknowledge that those substantive issues are more important to the integrity of the process than Woods files.
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Live Thread: U.S. Senate Commerce Hearing with Facebook Whistleblower [UPDATE-5]

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Rayne
The Senate Commerce Committee is conducting a hearing right now; Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is currently testifying before the committee.
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David Judd Claims He's Not Being Treated as Well as the Teenager Who Got Murdered

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emptywheel
In the second bid by a January 6 defendant to claim he's being selectively prosecuted, David Judd claims that he's being treated unfairly because, unlike Portland rioter Isaiah Maza Jr, his charges weren't dismissed after he got murdered.
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There Is Going To Be A Game Tonight

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bmaz
Some former New England Patriot QB is going back to Foxbvorough. No, it is not Jacoby Brissett. It's the other guy. Gronk is out with fractured ribs, which really sucks. But Antonio Brown is back from Covid, the Bucs are not without weapons…
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