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Judge won’t ease release conditions for salon owner facing Jan. 6 riot charges By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Pro-Trump demonstrators clash with Capitol Police during a protest to challenge the U.S. Congress’ certification of 2020 presidential election results. This was at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, U.S.A, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon S

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday declined to ease pre-trial release conditions for a Beverly Hills, California, beauty salon owner facing felony charges for participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

A. Charles Peruto Jr., lawyer for Gina Bisignano, 52, owner of Gina’s Eyelashes and Skincare, asked U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington to terminate a house arrest order and to allow his client to remove an ankle bracelet monitor.

Nichols declined to release Bisignano from his conditions of release, but he indicated that he could reconsider.

A FBI document states that Bisignano declared, via a bullhorn during the riot, “This 1776 and we will not give up!”

According to the FBI, as Bisignano spoke, other people in the crowd attacked police shields with “what appears to be batons” and sprayed them with a fire extinguisher.

Bisignano will be facing seven criminal accusations, including obstruction and civil disorder.

Washington’s U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that more than 600 individuals were being held on charges related the riot started by Republican supporter Donald Trump. It occurred as Congress was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s win in November’s Presidential election.

A Capitol Police officer was also killed in the riot. Four others were injured during the incident.

On Thursday, defense and prosecution lawyers informed U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan of the offer to plead guilty to Lewis Cantwell (the 35-year old former owner of Sylva Tea Shop in Sylva North Carolina) who is facing felony riot convictions. Lawyers said that the offer was under consideration.

The lengthy status hearing was held for the 16 January 6 riot defendants who are alleged to have been linked to Oath Keepers militia movements. Defense lawyers raised concerns to U.S. district Judge Amit Mahta about government attempts to provide them access to large amounts of evidence related to riots. This concern came up during the Jan. 31 hearing. Mehta tentatively has set January 31 as the date of the Oath Keeper related trial.

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