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In DC Insurrection Case Sandlin Poised for Release Says Guards Beat Defendant Samsel

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FEDERAL COURT, April 6 – Minutes into a break in the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, accused insurrectionist Domenic Pezzola was ordered detained until trial by Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. Inner City Press live tweeted it, below. There was an appeal.

  Now on April 6, after the DC Circuit's decision in US v. Munchel,
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich held a length detention appeal hearing on Ronald Sandlin, during which the defendant alleged that corrections officers beat another January 6 defendant, Ryan Samsel, so badly he can no longer see. More here. A second hearing, and probably decision, is set for April 8 at 10 am. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

US v. Ronald Sandlin now before DDC Judge Dabney L. Friedrich - review of Magistrate's decision in District of Nevada

Assistant US Attorney: Sandlin was born in Mexico and has citizen there. He owes $500,000 in back taxes here and so the State Department took away his passport. He met famous documentarian Dinesh D'Souza... He is risk of flight and obstruction of justice

AUSA: We understood he took two knives to the Capitol. We also think he may have been lying to his mother about leaving a gun with a woman in Vegas. But he had a pocket gun in the DC area on the 6th.

Judge: How do you know Mr. Sandlin had a knife in the Capitol? AUSA: A credible source. Judge: Who? AUSA: A confidential witness. Judge: That he and DeGrave communicate through a third party doesn't necessarily show obstruction. What is the content, from your source, or the girlfriend or whatever? Maybe he was saying sorry, I'm going to plead guilty.

AUSA: Mr. Sandlin is very savvy.

 AUSA: He was using encrypted messaging apps. With Mr. DeGrave he was discussing selling their footage of the event. Judge: What is the relevance, that it show a risk of flight? 

AUSA: Chief Judge Howell in Chrestman said to consider the lack of remorse.

AUSA: There's a fourth person who traveled with them to DC who has not been charged, who Mr. Sandlin could try to influence. Judge: Any evidence of threats? AUSA: No.

 AUSA: He said he has footage of them praying, that there would not be violence which would put them in a different light. We are seeking to get the video from the lawyer's office, we need approval from a particular office at Main Justice. Judge: What about danger?

 AUSA: All signs point to him seeing himself as a modern day revolutionary... [cites Boogaloo]

Judge: What about him possession firearms? AUSA: We have no evidence of him carrying guns in DC. But he went to a hotel in Maryland. Judge: You're concerned he'll get a book deal and have a lot of money?

AUSA: He has a big tax burden.  Judge: Defense, can you address the new points she's raised today. I can prompt you with questions if you don't remember. Defense: I scribbled them down.

Defense: He left Mexico as an infant. He has not connections to Mexico except a birth mother he hasn't seen in 33 years.

 Defense: The government is trying to say my client deleted videos. But there's no proof. Judge: Didn't the DOJ brief say after the New York Post article, he removed the posts?

AUSA: I'd have to check. In the Facebook return, there are others on taking down videos

 Judge: I take your point, that he may have taken down the video because he was getting harassed. My biggest concern is the potential that he might obstruct justice in some way. The flight risk could be mitigated. The Edward Snowden point is an interesting one

Judge: The encrypted messaging concerns me. Though the Western District of Tennessee could monitor his computer. Defense: I've represented child pornographers -- Judge: Mr. Smith, could you turn up your volume? Defense: Usually people tell me to turn it down. Defense: He wasn't loaded for bear. Judge: What about bringing the weapons?

Defense: They don't even say what kind of knife. I don't know the source.

Judge: It seems like he bought into Q-Anon. To what extent can I be assured he's not going to go something off the wall? Defense: He gave his mother elaborate instructions on how to transport a firearm. She's not going to be party to some fake story.

 Judge: From the letters, he seems to have helped a lot of people, and animals. But what about the tax debt? Mr. Sandlin is raising his hand. [Client and defense lawyer go into break-out room; thread will continue when they are back.]

 Defense: Mr Sandlin tells me he got behind on taxes due to a risky investment. I'm still a bit unclear on it. He wants to address the court, on his state of mind. Sandlin himself: I was born in Mexico, but I don't speak Spanish. I have never been a violent person

 Sandlin: If granted pre-trial release I intend to rebuild by reputation and my business. I understand the AUSA's job it to make me seem like Osama bin Laden. I'm not a flight risk. I could wear an ankle bracelet. I want this ugly chapter to be over

 Sandlin: I have a big fat head that sticks out in the areas of Memphis. How could I flee? I would spend my time with chickens. Monitor my internet. I'm done with politics. I'm not an activist in exile. I have no intention to obstruct justice. I'm no John Gotti.

Sandlin: Recently another January 6 defendant, Ryan Samsel, was beaten by a Corrections Officer. Now he can't see. My case manager told me, "Welcome to jail."

 Sandlin: This is the first time I've been allowed out of my cell since Thursday. Me making this statement is putting me at risk. The corrections officer are running a regime of retaliation. I don't understand how this is acceptable.

 Sandlin: I love my country and I do believe that what I did was shameful. I believe in the justice system. Judge Friedrich: Is there a 2d video? Are you willing to give it up? Defense: There was a laptop he said to take to his lawyer in Las Vegas.

 Defense: Our thinking was, Let them get a warrant.  AUSA: We are pursuing a subpoena, Main Justice is considering it. Defense: I'm the fly in the ointment. Judge: I'm not pushing that.

 Judge: The pre-trial report said he was smoking marijuana daily. Defense: We'd be OK with drug testing. Judge: I haven't made up my mind, but what else, if I were to release him?

AUSA: No communication with witnesses, including the fourth person he traveled with Judge: I have heard that i-Phones cannot be monitored. So if I were to release Mr. Sandlin, he could not have an i-Phone. Judge: There is another matter. So I can't speak with his parents right now. I had a matter scheduled for Thursday at 10 am. Would that be OK?

 Both lawyer say yes. But what about Sandlin, given what he's said on the record about the corrections officers?

Judge: In the meantime, I don't want anything filed 30 minutes before, but if the government knows more about the video or the call...  Adjourned.

We will have more on this.

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