A judge in the United States has rejected a request from four Proud Boys right-wing leaders to drop charges against the government. January 6 attack at the US Capitol house.
The defendants – Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl, and Charles Donohoe – have been charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly violating federal law.
The deterrent case has been used by judges in more than 230 of the 700 cases against the perpetrators of the Capitol massacre, which took place. Congress was meeting confirming the victory of President Joe Biden in 2020.
The four men’s lawyers argued that the charges should be dropped because the country’s laws are illegal and should not be used for security reasons.
U.S. Regional Judge Thomas Kelly on Tuesday dismissed the arguments, meaning that charges against four Proud Boys members would continue.
“It does not matter what the dissenters or the political message they want to convey, which they say is not protected by the First Amendment,” Kelly said in a 43-page ruling.
“Defendants are not charged with any crime such as burning a flag, wearing black armpits, or engaging in demonstrations.
The case against the four men was based on an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into which the terrorist attacks took place on January 6, 2021, when a group of supporters of former US President Donald Trump entered the U.S. Capitol House.
More than a dozen people accused in the Capitol siege were identified by government officials as leaders of the Proud Boys, members or associates, including at least 16 accused of conspiracy.
Nordean, Biggs, Rehl, and Donohoe were indicted in March on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. All four imprisonment while awaiting trial pending trial in May.
Nordean, from Auburn, Washington, was the president of the Proud Boys chapter and a member of the “Elders Council”. Biggs, from Ormond Beach, Florida, is the self-proclaimed Proud Boys self-proclaimed. Rehl, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Donohoe, from Kernersville, North Carolina, served as president of the Proud Boys, according to a lawsuit he filed.
On the morning of January 6, members of the Proud Boys gathered at the Washington Monument and marched to the Trump Capitol before the ceremony was over. Speaking thousands of donations near the White House.
He followed a crowd of people who had broken pedestrians’ barriers at the Capitol, he said. A few proud young men entered the Capitol House only when the group broke the windows and opened the doors.
At a general meeting last week, Proud Boys member Matthew Greene admitted he had attacked the Capitol and two other right-wing members.
Greene had moved from Syracuse, New York, to Washington, DC, and was arrested in April when a high court ruled against him. He agrees with the authorities according to what he agrees with.
About 40 defendants agreed remote groups such as the Proud Boys, the Oath Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters, have been case and a conspiracy to thwart Congress or the laws to protect the Capitol.
Of the 700 people charged with rioting at the Capitol, at least 165 have pleaded guilty – mostly to six months’ imprisonment.