Jury finds ex-US Army reservist guilty in Capitol riot case – JURIST

A federal jury on Friday found a former US Army reservist and security contractor at a Navy base guilty for his role in the attack of January 6, 2021 on the United States Capitol.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was convicted on all five counts: firstobstruction of official process, a felony; secondenter or remain in a building or land with restricted access; thirddisorderly or disruptive conduct in a building or restricted area; Fourth, disorderly or disruptive conduct in a capitol building; and fifthmarching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building.

Court documents filed by the US Department of Justice claimed that Hale-Cusanelli was a “white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer.” The prosecution argued that Hale-Cusanelli had a troubled past and was known to express offensive views; however, Hale-Cusanelli’s attorney said one of the events discussed was acknowledged to have involved self-defense or defense of others.

Hale-Cusanelli told the jury that he did not believe the anti-Semitic remarks he made because he was “half-Jewish and half-Puerto Rican,” in support of his claim that the words were a form ” of self-mockery”. ”

Hale-Cusanelli’s was the fifth jury trial relating to the attack on the Capitol. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden will sentence him on September 16.

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