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These are not very bright Nazis and things got out of hand

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Anthime “Baked Alaska” Gionet has apparently decided that a seditionist deserves his day in court:

Gionet had been set to plead guilty to one of the lowest-level charges brought in connection with Jan. 6 — parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months in prison. Nearly 200 rioters have pleaded guilty to the same charge, and the sentences handed down in these cases so far have featured far less time behind bars than the maximum, or periods of probation and home detention instead.

But when US District Judge Emmet Sullivan kicked off the hearing by asking Gionet, “Why do you wish to plead guilty,” Gionet paused. He then said that he’d wanted to go to trial, but that the prosecutor had told him that he’d face felony charges if he did — a claim the government disputed — so he believed that taking the plea deal was the “better route.”

“I believe I’m innocent,” Gionet said.

Sullivan, who has served as a judge for nearly 40 years, including 28 years on the federal bench in Washington, DC, didn’t need to hear more. He couldn’t accept a guilty plea from a defendant proclaiming innocence. “Well fine,” he told Gionet, “pick a trial date.”

Hard to imagine this carefully considered legal strategy won’t work out well.

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