Last year, a jury found 47-year-old Kentucky welder and former Army Reservist Peter Schwartz and his co-defendants guilty on all 11 counts stemming from the January 6 protest. There were no victims of his “crimes,” and the prosecution presented no witnesses. He’d never met or even seen his co-defendants before the trial. Schwartz was found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding even though he never entered the Capitol building.
Schwartz told the GATEWAY PUNDIT that Juror #8 flipped him off as the guilty verdict was read.
So, why are we talking about this now? Well, the sentencing phase didn’t take place till this past Friday, when U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced Schwartz to 14 YEARS in prison, the longest sentence of any January 6 political prisoner to date. (And, yes, I’ll call him a political prisoner.) His sentence is twice as long as that of the convicted murderer in the cell next to him.
The story quotes his account to Jim Hoft at GATEWAY PUNDIT of what happened that day, and it’s a must-read. He said he and his then-wife weren’t even close enough to see what was going on, but the Capitol Police started firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd and the situation became unsafe. He asked how he could disrupt Congress when Congress was already in recess when he got there.
The story includes a link to donate to Peter’s legal defense, but I’ll add it here so you can’t miss it.
As for the five Proud Boys who were convicted last week --- four of seditious conspiracy --- Rachel Alexander for WND has an eye-opening commentary on how the prosecution, at the apparent pleasure of U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, injected politics into the proceedings to manipulate an already-biased jury.
These defendants brought no weapons to Capitol Hill and assaulted no officers, and one of them, leader Enrique Tarrio, wasn’t even THERE. Yet prosecutors used overheated language like “storming the Capitol.” And they repeatedly played clips of President Trump, such as the wildly misinterpreted “Stand back and stand by” to the Proud Boys, to a DC jury who obviously detested Trump. One juror even admitted afterwards that Trump’s remarks were part of why he voted to convict.
Judge Kelly had given the jurors an incredibly broad interpretation of what “seditious conspiracy” is. It didn’t just mean trying to overthrow the government by force, he said, but could mean just “interfering” with government by force. And there didn’t even have to be a plan to disrupt the certification of the election, he’d told them, but only an “unspoken agreement.”
Alexander quotes the Huckabee newsletter: “[T]he language is vague enough to facilitate the criminal prosecution of public dissent.” And that’s just what they did.
I hope you’ll read her full commentary, which outlines numerous other problems with the trial.
Alexander mentions a group called The 65 Project, which was formed to disbar attorneys who defend President Trump (!), especially in cases regarding J6 and the 2020 election. About a year ago, she wrote this revealing must-read. It turns out the mastermind behind this evil is...(drum roll, please)...Marc Elias.
And now that they’ve intimidated many attorneys from getting involved, preeminent J6 reporter Julie Kelly has a prediction: that with these other convictions for seditious conspiracy on record, the chances of Trump being indicted for the same thing “increase tremendously.” She can even envision Special Counsel Jack Smith seeking pre-trial detention (jail) for him. Everyone who’s been charged with seditious conspiracy has been held without bail. And, of course, they’re tried in DC courts.
If this happens, it will be the most shocking abuse of the legal system in American history, and all bets are off as to what the chain reaction will be, as we careen even deeper into true banana republic territory. The people engineering this don’t care about collateral damage as long as they end up on top of the heap.
Keep in mind, this is just the speculation of one person, albeit someone who has followed every detail about January 6 and the subsequent prosecutions. All she can say for sure right now is that nothing would surprise her.