Are you all buying this defense some of the rioters are making? I personally know the lawyer making this defense as regards a different rioter than the one mentioned below:
Dominic Pezzola, also known as “Spaz,” is one of at least six alleged Proud Boys facing criminal charges stemming from the insurrection by Trump’s supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which left 5 people dead and interrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Pezzola’s lawyer Jonathan Zucker, in a court filing earlier on Wednesday, echoed arguments that U.S. House Democrats have made repeatedly this week during Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, telling the judge his client was duped by Trump’s lies that the election had been stolen and acted on “delusional belief.”
Pezzola, who he claimed has “minimal” involvement with the Proud Boys, “was one of millions of Americans who were misled by the President’s deception,” Zucker wrote, noting there was “no rational basis for such a claim.”
“Many of those who heeded his call will be spending substantial portions if not the remainder of their lives in prison as a consequence. Meanwhile Donald Trump resumes his life of luxury and privilege,” he added in a footnote.
Note the disparagement of Trump’s “privilege”. Mind you, this argument is directed to a U.S. Magistrate. I don’t know why she is supposed to be moved by, or even find relevant, the “fact” that Trump is privileged. It’s such a worn out cliché.
Suddenly occurs to me that defense lawyers across the country are in cahoots on this defense. Of course, it will put liberal jurors in an awkward position: they can’t convict the rioters unless they REJECT the notion that Trump lied and manipulated them. It’s one or the other.