NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A Gallatin man arrested for his involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot in January has accepted a plea deal.
According to court documents, Jack Jesse Griffith, also known online as Juan Bibano, has waived his right to a trial by jury and will plead guilty to a charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months of imprisonment, a fine of not more than $5,000 and an obligation to pay any applicable interest or penalties on fines and restitution not timely made.
In consideration for Griffith’s guilty plea, he will not face any other charges.
And I will say it: The protesters did indeed broke the law if we are to follow the strict meaning of it as stated in the Code of the District of Columbia § 10–503.16 Unlawful conduct and with a punishment set in § 10–503.18.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person or group of persons willfully and knowingly:
(1) To enter or to remain upon the floor of either House of the Congress, to enter or to remain in any cloakroom or lobby adjacent to such floor, or to enter or to remain in the Rayburn Room of the House or the Marble Room of the Senate, unless such person is authorized, pursuant to rules adopted by that House or pursuant to authorization given by that House, to enter or to remain upon such floor or in such cloakroom, lobby, or room;
(2) To enter or to remain in the gallery of either House of the Congress in violation of rules governing admission to such gallery adopted by that House or pursuant to authorization given by that House;
(3) To enter or to remain in any room within any of the Capitol Buildings set aside or designated for the use of either House of the Congress or any member, committee, subcommittee, officer, or employee of the Congress or either House thereof with intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business;
(4) To utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or to engage in any disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place upon the United States Capitol Grounds or within any of the Capitol Buildings with intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of any session of the Congress or either House thereof, or the orderly conduct within any such building of any hearing before, or any deliberations of, any committee or subcommittee of the Congress or either House thereof;
(5) To obstruct, or to impede passage through or within, the United States Capitol Grounds or any of the Capitol Buildings;
(6) To engage in any act of physical violence upon the United States Capitol Grounds or within any of the Capitol Buildings; or
(7) To parade, demonstrate, or picket within any of the Capitol Buildings.
So the Jan 6 protesters were pretty much allowed in, allowed to roam free up to a point and only till some of the members of Congress had fright-related discharges in their undies there was some sort of pushback against the protesters which again they were breaking the law, just or unjust as it may be.
I believe the protesters were allowed to do their thing by the “brave and courageous” members of the Capitol Police not as much as part of a conspiracy but because that was what they usually did with other groups that illegally protested inside the Capitol Building in the past. The only difference is that previous groups were decidedly Left wing in their politics or fully supporters of the Democrats so most if not all got spared from any kind of Stalinist prosecution like we are seeing with the Jan 6 protesters. The article mentions that damages for that day rose to $1.5 million, yet we went through months of “mostly peaceful” protest by Antifa/BLM including attacks to Federal, State and private business mounting losses past the billion dollar mark and we had barely a peep of Federal prosecution against the doers and mostly all charges have been dropped,
The Political application of a Legal Double Standard is now officially the Federal Law of the Land.
You have been warned.