‘QAnon Shaman’ Moved to Federal Prison for ‘Forensic Evaluation’
Jacob Chansley, the self-anointed “QAnon Shaman”, is being transferred from the jail in Alexandria, Virginia, where he’s been awaiting his trial to Colorado federal prison where he’ll undergo a forensic evaluation, according to the Justice Department. The forensic evaluation process pairs the accused with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health experts who will evaluate his competency to stand trial.
Chansley was among hundreds of people who stormed the Capitol after Trump gave a fiery speech repeating his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. The mob interrupted the formal congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory and the riot left five people dead. Like many taken into custody after the attack, Chansley and his attorney are using excuses about his mental health that are close to being an insanity plea. Some of the insurrectionists have claimed they were “taken in” by a QAnon cult, others were convinced by the former guy, and one even cited “Foxitis” for the reason he became radicalized.
But Chansley, who stood out among the rioters for being dressed as a buffalo warrior painted with the colors of the American flag, was among the first to begin using every excuse possible to attempt to evade responsibility. Chansley’s lawyer demanded an organic diet for his client after his mother complained he wouldn’t eat the food provided by the jail. They also first claimed Chansley is autistic, and his autism and lack of ability to ascertain certain social cues or discern between right and wrong led to his part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. But they then quickly moved away from using that narrative to shift the blame to Trump, and that Chansley was merely “answering the call of our president.”
Crazy to think that the Qanon Shaman and Michael Flynn share the same beliefs, but Michael Flynn was in charge of our military and country's National Security.
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) June 1, 2021
In another incident, Chansley and his lawyer outright lied that he was carrying a flag pole with the American flag on it. The government argued that Chansley was carrying a “dangerous weapon.” Photos confirm he was carrying a spear.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said he determined that a “competency examination” of Chansley was warranted and ordered that a “psychological examination be conducted.” The judge said the examination should include an assessment as to whether Chansley cannot understand the criminal charges against him or assist in his own defense.
ALERT: US Justice Dept is transferring Jan 6 defendant Jacob Chansley "The Q-Anon Shaman" to a federal prison facility in Colorado for a forensic evaluation. He'll depart the Alexandria jail this week, per court filing pic.twitter.com/5vKHj04F7z
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 7, 2021
Chansley currently faces six federal charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct. Being found incompetent can potentially spare a defendant from being prosecuted. However, such a finding also would require the court to commit the person to a hospital in a federal prison for treatment to try to restore competency.
The Capital insurrectionist known as Qanon Shaman has been carted off to a federal prison. He’s been crying the blues ever since they took him into custody & now says the whole thing was “silly”. Silly is having your mom complain to the judge her baby can only eat organic food.
— Proud American Once Again🇺🇸🌈 (@bobbybetke) June 8, 2021
If a person’s competency cannot be restored and he or she cannot stand trial, there is still a chance the government could keep the defendant detained if he or she is deemed to pose a danger to the public.
The QANON Shaman to undergo a psychological examination. He’s not crazy, he’s uneducated. He chose to believe the Big Lie, by the Big Liar.
— Patricia Grisham (Trish) (@poet_703) June 8, 2021