Judge ‘shocked’ by efforts to ‘rewrite history’ of January 6 attack, and those who described perpetrators as ‘hostages’

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A top judge on the D.C. District Court issued a stinging rebuke Thursday to those he says are trying to “rewrite the history” of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, writing that he was “shocked” to see some public figures trying to describe the perpetrators of that day’s violence as “hostages.” “.

“I was horrified to see the distortions and outright lies seep into the public consciousness,” said Judge Royce Lamberth, who was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan and has nearly 40 years of judicial experience. In a written ruling on Thursday. “I was shocked to see some public figures trying to rewrite history, claiming that the rioters acted in an ‘organised manner’ like ordinary tourists, or citing the defendants convicted on January 6 as ‘political prisoners’ or even, incredibly, ‘hostages’. It’s all unreasonable.”

“But the court fears that such damaging and misleading rhetoric could herald further danger to our country,” Lamberth added.

PHOTO: Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Lamberth’s comments came as part of a ruling related to the Jan. 6 sentencing of a defendant convicted of misdemeanor crimes, James Little, who sought to argue that he was the victim of a political prosecution. Little was initially ordered to be sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years’ probation – Little appealed and the federal appeals court sent him back to Lamberth for re-sentencing even though Little had already completed his imprisonment.

Lamberth presided over several other high-profile cases on January 6, including Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” and Christopher Worrell, the former member of the Proud Boys who disappeared just before he was to be sentenced for his role on January 6.

“The court is accustomed to defendants who refuse to accept that they did anything wrong,” Lamberth wrote in response to Little’s claims. “But in my 37 years on the bench, I cannot remember a time when such baseless justifications for criminal activity became prevalent.”

Photo: Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021.

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Former President Donald Trump referred to the defendants on January 6 as “hostages.”

“I call them the G6 hostages,” Trump said at a rally on the eve of January 6 this year. “No one in history has been treated so badly as these people and no one has ever treated them in our country before.”

Although he did not mention Trump or other GOP members who used “hostage” rhetoric, Lamberth cited decades of judicial experience and his time presiding over dozens of trials on Jan. 6 to “set the record straight.”

“The court cannot condone the shameful attempts by Mr. Little or anyone else to misinterpret or misrepresent what happened,” Lamberth said. “You cannot entertain the idea that those who broke the law on January 6 did nothing wrong, or that those who were duly convicted with all the guarantees provided by the Constitution of the United States, including the right to trial by jury in felony cases, “They are political prisoners or hostages.” “.

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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