Last week a magistrate judge in Arkansas released Richard Barnett on bail (the man in Pelosi’s office), intending to allow him to go home to await trial on charges of entering Capitol grounds with a stun gun, disorderly conduct and theft. To the shock of prosecutors, an AUSA immediately asked the Judge to stay her order pending an appeal. In an emergency appeal, not only did D.C. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell agree with the prosecution, she immediately issued an order to have Barnett transferred to Washington, D.C. to be detained awaiting trial.
Well, tonight we have learned of another magistrate judge seeking to release one of the insurrectionists, this time in New Jersey. Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli is an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer.” He is also enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, and works as a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle where he maintains a “Secret” security clearance and has access to a variety of munitions.
His participation in the insurrection was reported to the Naval Criminal Investigation Service by a confidential human source after Cusanelli spoke to the person about his participation in it and showed the source photographs. Later Cusanelli was recorded admitting to entering the Capitol and directing members of the mob to advance, giving directions by both voice and hand signals. So, now another AUSA has to make another emergency request.
Okay. Come on, now. Common sense seems to be lacking on the magistrate level. This is not acceptable. Here’s to hoping this defendant gets transported to D.C. to be detained while awaiting trial. Get it together, magistrates.
You can read the full motion here.