Jacob Chansley, who, at the time of his arrest, was known widely as the ‘QAnon Shaman” — a name he bestowed upon himself — is ready to shed that title, after months of imprisonment, court appearances, and disappointment.
Chansley entered the justice system after being caught on camera joining others who broke into the Capitol Building, destroyed property, and tried to prevent the confirmation of the 2020 election. Later, he called on Donald Trump — still President at the time — to save him. Trump didn’t come through, and it seems that perhaps Chansley has become a bit disillusioned.
His imprisonment has been anything but routine, involving interviews, pleas for pardon from the then-president, who he blames for inviting him and others to the Capital, and even a brief hunger strike when he discovered that prison food doesn’t typically include an ‘organic’ diet.
He’s even tried to paint himself as a hero of the day.
Now, Chansley’s getting his day in court, and expected to plead guilty on Friday, In the meantime, his lawyer has released a statement, as Law & Crime‘s Adam Klasfeld shared on Twitter.
Chansley's lawyer Albert Watkin's statement on this development, claiming his client "repudiated the 'Q' previously assigned to him and requests future references to him be devoid of the letter 'Q.'"
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) September 2, 2021
Mr. Chansley, a long-avowed and practicing Shaman, has repudiated the ‘Q’ previously assigned to him and requests future references to him be devoid of use of the letter ‘Q’.
He cites Chansley’s struggles with depression, confinement, and mental health concerns, and says that the riot defendant is “coming to grips with the need for more self-work” and “seek[s] to be more accountable for [his] actions,” and calls for patience and compassion for his client and others.
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