Paul Hodgkins attorney Patrick Leduc to other Capitol insurgents:
“You have to step up. You have to take responsibility. ”Pic.twitter.com/YtfPSScv8A
– The Recount (@therecount) July 19, 2021
US Assistant Attorney Mona Sedky focused on what actually threatened Hodgkins: our democracy. She said Capitol and law enforcement officials would wear "emotional scars for many years, if not forever," in what amounted to an "act of domestic terrorism." According to the HuffPost report Sedky said that high judgment would send a "loud and clear message" to those who consider following in Hodgkin's footsteps.
Hodgkins, 38, is the third person convicted in the Capitol riot while the others were convicted of offense, HuffPost reported. That is nothing compared to the more than 500 people arrested in connection with the uprising. HuffPost reported that hundreds of arrests are in the works.
Hodgkins said during the trial that he made a "foolish decision" and was "really remorseful" to put his "passion" before his "principles". He said he recognizes that President Joe Biden "is lawfully and respectfully the President of the United States … I came to DC with the intention of supporting a president I loved," said Hodgkins. "The storming of the US Capitol is nothing I had any idea would happen."
Joyce Alene, a former US attorney for the Northern District of Alabama nominated by former President Barack Obama, said in a tweet: "Insurgent prison sentence of January 6 to 8 months, despite the government's recommendation of 18 months. Probation recommended 15. Because one of the goals of conviction is uniformity, this could well lead to lower sentences across the board. "
Democratic MP Ruben Gallego, a veteran of the Iraq war, helped his colleagues put gas masks on the floor of the House of Representatives and reported on journalists during the uprising. "I think he got away with it very easily," Gallego told MSNBC, describing the uprising as "in 15 years I've been the closest to the fight I would say." Gallego said the mob is the weapon in dealing with such a crowd. "But more importantly, the greatest fear and danger that day was for democracy," said Gallego. "And the fact that there were so many people who made it possible up to this point is the sadder situation."
The uprising, though unsuccessful in one respect, was intended to prevent lawmakers from confirming Biden's election victory. Atlantic Magazine author Zeynep Tufekci, who experienced four coups in Turkey, said NPR in the days after the uprising that The public needs to focus on how close the rioters got to their goal. “The President of the United States tried to steal the election by falsely claiming he won it and tried to mobilize whatever extra-legal forces he could muster from his office to get them to vote in his favor, ”said Tufekci.
She said when describing the rioters in flag cloaks and horns that people didn't consider the ridiculous to be serious. After the mob disrupted the certification process, the majority of the GOP faction, 138 out of 211 Republican representatives, voted to overturn the Pennsylvania election results, "even the Pennsylvania representative who was elected with those votes," said Tufekci. "These aren't normal transition hiccups," she added. "These are attempts to steal an election."
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