Jan. 6 Riot Defendant Wants Trial Moved From Trump-Unfriendly D.C.
The woman who bragged about breaking down the door to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol office during the deadly insurrectionist riot has asked a federal judge to move her trial out of Washington, D.C. claiming the city is so anti-Donald Trump that she couldn’t possibly get an impartial jury.
Jenny Cudd is the 36-year-old florist and former mayoral candidate from the west Texas town of Midland who was arrested Jan. 12 and charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, trespassing, disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building. She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
In making the request to relocate the trial near her home in Republican-friendly Texas, Cudd’s attorney wrote, “Pretrial publicity and community prejudice in Washington D.C. is so likely to have affected the jury pool that the [entire panel] must be presumed as tainted. The facts of this case center around Donald Trump and his supporters. The evidence in this case is emotionally political in every respect. But the jury who would hear the facts in Washington D.C. is the most politically prejudiced jury in the entire country” against Trump.
D.C. voters cast 92 percent of their ballots for President Joe Biden. By contrast, voters in the Midland-Odessa area preferred Trump over Biden 77 percent to 22 percent. Federal law usually requires that defendants be tried where their alleged crime occurred.
Live streaming on Facebook, Cudd draped herself in the Trump flag she’d worn inside the Rotunda and Statuary Hall and proclaimed that she “charged the Capitol today with patriots,” adding, “Hell yes, I am proud of my actions.”
Change of venue isn’t the only favor Cudd has asked of the court since her arrest. Last month she asked for and was granted permission to travel to Mexico for what she described as a “team building” work-related trip.