U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan is imposing harsher sentences on Jan. 6 protesters than prosecutors originally sought and she is being cheered on by leftists who smell blood in the political waters.
Reuters tweeted, “A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has repeatedly sentenced people who stormed the Capitol to more prison time than prosecutors sought, saying that even people who were not violent should face consequences for joining the unprecedented assault.”
Over the past week, Chutkan has handed down sentences ranging from 14 to 45 days on four people who pleaded guilty to unlawful parading and picketing inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6. That’s a misdemeanor offense but she is imprisoning them anyway.
“There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home,” Chutkan bluntly asserted at one of the hearings, according to Reuters.
To date, over 650 people have been charged for taking part in the Capitol riot. More than 100 of those charged have pleaded guilty and approximately 17 of those have been sentenced. Many who were arrested have been jailed and kept isolated for months in reportedly deplorable conditions, allegedly being denied medical attention and humanitarian treatment.
The media is still reporting four deaths that day when in actuality, there was only one riot-related death… Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by Capitol security as she attempted to enter the building.
Chutkan sentenced two cousins on Wednesday to 45 days in jail. Their crime? Entering the Capitol and taking selfies. Prosecutors had originally asked that the defendants, Robert Bauer of Kentucky, and Edward Hemenway of Virginia, be sentenced to no more than 30 days behind bars.
The day before that sentencing, the judge sentenced Dona Sue Bissey, 52, of Indiana to two weeks in jail. Prosecutors had only recommended probation because she had accepted responsibility for her actions and had cooperated with law enforcement.
Her friend received three years of probation from a different judge for the same crime because she pleaded guilty in June.
The judge also sentenced Matthew Mazzocco to 45 days in prison after he copped to a misdemeanor as well.
She said Mazzocco’s participation in the riot earned him time behind bars even though he didn’t steal or destroy anything or hurt anyone at the Capitol. The judge said that “the rioters who committed violence that day did so because they had the safety of numbers.”
“Mr. Mazzocco did not go to the United States Capitol out of any love or support for our country, he went there to support one man who he viewed had the election taken from him,” she declared.
Chutkan is a former public defender who was appointed by President Obama. She is the first judge to impose harsher than called for sentences on the Jan. 6 defendants. Leftists on social media rejoiced over her heavy-handed verdicts.
She is joined in her overbearing tendencies by the chief judge of the federal court in Washington. Judge Beryl Howell has suggested prosecutors were being too lenient in allowing some of the defendants to plead guilty to misdemeanor offenses.
Howell stated in August that even defendants facing low-level offenses played a role in “terrorizing members of Congress.” She asked during a plea hearing, “Does the government, in agreeing to the petty offense in this case, have any concern about deterrence?”
Some defendants have been charged with felonies for their actions on Jan. 6 and the Department of Justice is vowing that they plan to throw the book at those individuals.
Chutkan has previously called it a false equivalence “to compare the actions of people protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights” to those who were “trying to overthrow the government” when addressing violent protests by Black Lives Matter. She said doing so “ignores the very real danger that the Jan. 6 riots pose to the foundation of our democracy,” according to the Press of Atlantic City.
Nick Searcy, who at one time subbed for Rush Limbaugh as a conservative radio host, took extreme issue with the judge’s sentencing. He tweeted, “These are political prisoners. The Democrat party is criminalizing dissent. This is what communists always do.”
Pradheep J. Shanker, who is a radiologist and the CEO of Public Health Policy, tweeted, “This is political targeting. Sentence them to what they deserve only.”
Many Americans see this judge’s actions as a form of injustice and political persecution:
“even people who were not violent”– so basically everyone there…
— Christopher Bishop (@ctbishop) October 13, 2021
Political persecution on steroids. No wonder America lost the moral authority to defend human rights around the world.
— Uche Njoku (@0d8dc882e3874eb) October 13, 2021
Not justice. Not fair. Political prosecutions. Very sad. Not the America I know and love.
— Jake (@UCCowboy) October 13, 2021
So it’s just literally political prosecution then?
— Florida Man in Missouri (@FloridaManInMO) October 13, 2021
Political persecution. Plain and simple.
— Millicent Bystander (@RoddyluvsRita) October 13, 2021
To everyone in this comments section who brainlessly think this is a good thing, I have three words: Zero Sedition Charges.
— Neudaiz 🇨🇺 (@blueneudaiz) October 13, 2021
— Moriasi (@imoriasi) October 13, 2021
Judges interpret current law, they do not overstep the guidance to “send a message”; that’s called extrajudicial punishment
— Kev_Zero (@defkev_52) October 13, 2021
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