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QAnon shaman Jacob Chansley appeals conviction in Trump Capitol riot case

Jacob Chansley holds a sign referencing QAnon as he speaks to supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump. They are protesting the preliminary results of the 2020 election in Phoenix (Arizona), November 5, 2020.

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Jacob Chansley, also known as QAnon shaman filed a appeal Tuesday seeking to void his guilty pleaFor his role in Jan 6 Capitol Riot, he was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment

Chansley appealed to the public one day later the federal judge who accepted his plea and who sentenced him in U.S. District Court in WashingtonYou have been signed off his move to replace his defense attorney Albert Watkins with a new lawyerJohn Pierce.

Fast a week passed before the appeal. Scott Fairlamb, the other Capitol riot defendant whom tied ChansleyTo be sentenced to the maximum prison time in this type of case filed his own appeal of seeking to toss out his guilty plea and sentence after changing lawyers.

A federal judge will not allow a plea of guilty or a sentence to be reversed. This is because defendants must confirm they have understood that the sentence and plea are voidable.

However, a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel — essentially an argument that a defense lawyer badly botched the case — is one potential way to win a reversal of a guilty plea.

A legally non-profit organization founded by Chansley’s new attorney last week said ineffective assistance of counsel may be a ground for Chansley to appeal his conviction.Pierce filed a legal document Tuesday that did not outline Chansley’s reasons for appeal. The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear the case.
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Pierce had once represented Kyle Rittenhouse in Illinois, the man who was killed by Pierce. earlier this month was acquitted at trial of criminal charges related to the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a thirdOne during the last year’s civil unrest in Kenosha (Wisconsin),

Jacob Chansley in his courtroom

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Chansley was a symbol of the pro-Trump rebellion. When he entered the Capitol building, he was naked and carrying a spear. He also wore a fur cap with horns and face paint. Jan. 6 with hundreds of other supporters of former President Donald TrumpThis interrupted the confirmation process by disrupting a joint session Congress Joe BidenThe victory of’s in the presidential elections.

Chansley, aged 34, ran to the Senate chamber. He then ran up the dais and met the Vice President. Mike PenceMinutes before, he presided over proceedings. He left a note warning that “justice is coming” and it was only a matter time.

He was a Phoenix man who has a mental disorder and had signed up to the bogus conspiracy “QAnon”. The Phoenix man pleaded guilty to obstruction of Congressional proceedings, which is one of six charges he faced at his indictment.

Chansley was represented by Watkins (the defense lawyer) in the weeks leading to his plea. He also negotiated with prosecutors for the dismissal of the other charges.

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Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Chansley on Nov. 17 to 41 months in prison,The federal sentencing guidelines recommended the lowest end and 10 months less than the highest end. This is the request of prosecutors.

My mistake was to have entered the Capitol. There is no reason for me to. Chansley said that there was no excuse to Lamberth, as Watkins served as his lawyer. This behavior cannot be justified.”

He said, “I’m truly and truly sorry for my sins.”

Pierce, who was representing Chansley now with William Shipley, filed a federal court notice less than one week later.

Watkins stated in a statement that he was Chansley’s attorney, following the move.

Chansley informed Lamberth Monday that Watkins had been fired and that he was going to replace him with Pierce or Shipley at the hearing.

Watkins stated that Chansley “is an extraordinarily smart man. Very intelligent. If not savant-like. And I sincerely wish his all the best,” NBC News reported after the hearing. 

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