Judge won't ease release conditions for salon owner facing Jan. 6 riot
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[September 17, 2021]
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, however, declined to relax Bisignano's release conditions,
though he said he might reconsider his position.
According to an FBI document, during the riot Bisignano, using a
bullhorn, declared "This is 1776, and we the people will never give up."
The FBI said that as she spoke other members of the crowd sprayed police
with a fire extinguisher and attacked their shields "with what appear to
Bisignano faces seven criminal charges, including obstruction of an
official proceeding and civil disorder.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington said that as of Wednesday, more
than 600 defendants had been arrested on charges related to the riot by
supporters of Republican then-President Donald Trump, which erupted as
Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden's November presidential
Four people died during the riot, and a Capitol Police officer died the
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Pro-Trump protesters clash with Capitol police during a rally to
contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election
results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in
Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Also on Thursday, prosecution and defense lawyers
told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan that a plea bargain had been
offered to Lewis Cantwell, the 35-year-old former co-owner of a tea
shop in Sylva, North Carolina, who faces felony riot charges. The
offer is under discussion, the lawyers said.
And during a lengthy status hearing for 16 Jan. 6 riot defendants
alleged to be linked to the Oath Keepers militia movement, defense
lawyers expressed concern to U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta that
government efforts to give them pre-trial access to massive amounts
of riot-related evidence would not be completed by Jan. 31. Mehta
has tentatively set that as the date for the start of the first of
two Oath Keeper-related trials.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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