“But it’s now clear that he has not experienced the transformation that his lawyer previously described, and that he continues to seek out the conspiracy theories that led to his dangerous conduct on January 6,” continued Kelly, who was appointed by Trump in 2017 to the DC District Court. “I don’t see any reason to believe that he has had the wake-up call that he needs.”
The case raises questions about the continued dangerousness of Capitol rioters and right-wing extremists
. The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly warned that these Americans are still being radicalized by conspiracy theories about the
2020 elección. Lindell and Trump himself are still peddling these lies
, which are flourishing in conservative circles online
“I think it’s probably a logical inference,” Kelly said,” that there are no conditions that will assure Mr. Jensen will not pose a danger to the safety of the community.”
The case against Jensen involves one of the most viral scenes from the attack
— of Officer Goodman of the US Capitol Police shrewdly leading Jensen and other rioters away from the unguarded Senate chamber
. Goodman was given a Congressional Gold Medal for saving lives and staying calm while Jensen and others chased him through the winding Capitol complex
Prosecutors have charged Jensen with seven federal crimes
, including felonies such as bringing a knife onto the Capitol grounds
. Se declaró inocente, and his attorneys maintain that he never physically attacked Goodman
. He has been charged with assaulting or impeding the officer
At Thursday’s hearing, Jensen’s lawyers asked the judge to impose brief punishment of jail but not to indefinitely revoke his bail. The attorney also said Jensen’s attachment to conspiracy theories was like an “adiccion” o “compulsion,” a comparison that the prosecutors rejected.
“A primera vista, it sounds a bit Orwellian. A man sitting in his garage streaming the news over the internet… now the government wants to jail him,” Jensen’s lawyer Christopher Davis said.
“Orwellian aside,” Davis continued, “he was wrong, and he’s not denying that.”
This story has been updated with additional details.