Judge Orders “QAnon Shaman” to Remain In Prison While Awaiting Trial

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the self-anointed “QAnon Shaman” who was charged in the Capitol insurrection is “too dangerous” to release and must stay in jail while his case moves forward. Chansley isn’t charged with attacking anyone, but the Justice Department has maintained that his behavior during the insurrection makes him too dangerous to release. He was a well-known figure in the QAnon conspiracy community — one of many QAnon believers who have been charged in the Capitol riot.

Judge Royce Lamberth said that Jacob Chansley was unrepentant and could plot further attacks against the US government if put on house arrest. He rebuked Chansley as having shown “a detachment from reality” by claiming his actions on January 6 were “peaceful and harmless”.

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Chansley, who famously asked for and then received an organic diet in the Arizona jail where he’s been held since his arrest, had asked the judge to release him in recent weeks in a series of attention-grabbing moves from him and his lawyer. Lamberth’s decision on Monday rejected several of Chansley’s arguments but primarily hinged on the fact that Chansley carried a spear on January 6th. “Defendant characterizes himself as a peaceful person who was welcomed into the Capitol building on January 6th by police officers. The Court finds none of his many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions persuasive,” Lamberth wrote.

The judge was also angry at Chansley’s lawyer for not disclosing to the court that an interview with “60 Minutes” had been filmed under the guise of a regular attorney-client meeting, and had been filmed without the judge’s prior knowledge. But he wisely used Chansley’s own words from the interview against him when writing his decision.

“The statements defendant has made to the public from jail show that defendant does not fully appreciate the severity of the allegations against him,” Lamberth wrote. “To the contrary, he believes that he — not the American people or members of Congress — was the victim on January 6th.”

Chansley has pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment. If found guilty, he faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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