Federal Judge Allows Jan 6th Rioter to Travel to Football Game

At least 650 supporters of Donald Trump who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th with the intention of preventing Congress from certifying the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden have been charged for their actions, with the punishments ranging from mere days in prison to several years. While some have ducked any charges, and the sentences for others have varied, one thing hasn’t changed: the demands from the perpetrators for special treatment despite attempting to stage a coup against the United States government.

Jacob Chansley, aka the “QAnon Shaman”, went on a hunger strike soon after his first incarceration because he couldn’t get organic food and petitioned to wait out his sentencing trial at home. Robert Palmer cried while begging for a lenient sentence. Riley Williams is playing hardball with prosecutors. While they’ve been somewhat coddled, they’re all still facing serious stretches in prison.

But some other insurrectionists have it a little easier. Thomas Fee of upstate New York gets to go to a football game despite his actions on January 6th.

Fee, a former New York City firefighter with a history of racist accusations against him, texted an acquaintance a photo of himself surrounded by rioters inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, according to court papers. Thomas Fee also allegedly sent the man, whose sister was formerly Fee’s girlfriend, a video in which people were yelling “tyranny” and “Pelosi,” along with a text about being the deadly riot’s “spear tip”. He was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Fee had petitioned the court last month to attend the game.

Twitter users commented on Fee’s ability to get away with even making such a request, let alone having it granted, and complained about the “two systems of justice” for white men and the rest of the country.

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