- A Ga lawyer charged in the Capitol riot will commence to trial just after rejecting a plea offer.
- William McCall Calhoun Jr. faces 3 charges stemming from his role in the siege, including a felony.
- Prosecutors say Calhoun documented his participation in the attack with comprehensive social media posts.
A Georgia law firm who created multiple threatening social media posts in the aftermath of the January 6 assault will head to trial afterwards this yr right after rejecting a authorities plea offer earlier this thirty day period.
William McCall Calhoun Jr. faces three costs stemming from his job in the insurrection, which include a felony rely of obstructing an formal continuing, as very well as coming into a limited constructing and violent entry or disorderly conduct.
As the authorities functions to prosecute the more than 760 men and women arrested in connection with the attack, federal prosecutors have presented many Capitol rioters a lesser demand in trade for guilty pleas. But throughout a Monday standing hearing, Calhoun’s authorized crew introduced he experienced declined the government’s plea offer, in accordance to WUSA.
If convicted of the felony obstruction demand, Calhoun could facial area up to 20 yrs in jail.
Prosecutors say Calhoun documented his participation in the Capitol riot with in depth social media posts that integrated pictures and video clips. In one particular Fb article from January 6, Calhoun wrote that he was amid “the initially of us who got upstairs kicked in Nancy Pelosi’s place of work door and pushed down the corridor toward her internal sanctum,” according to charging paperwork.
“Ridiculous Nancy almost certainly would have been torn into very little parts, but she was nowhere to be noticed,” Calhoun reportedly wrote in 1 post.
In yet another, Calhoun stated he aided “provide our Govt to its knees,” and vowed to return “armed for war,” according to screenshots of his posts involved in charging documents. He also admitted to overrunning numerous law enforcement barricades and swarming the building on the lookout for users of Congress in his Facebook posts.
But prosecutors say Calhoun was publishing threatening political posts even ahead of the insurrection, which prompted an nameless tipster to notify the FBI to the lawyer’s social media existence in November 2020. The unnamed tipster told the FBI that Calhoun had posted a information encouraging men and women to storm Washington, DC, even though overtly carrying firearms, according to charging documents.
The caller also alleged that Calhoun wrote “some of you will reside prolonged adequate to be exterminated with extraordinary prejudice,” and “we are going to get rid of every last communist who stands in Trump’s way.”
In a lengthy statement to Insider, Calhoun maintained that his conduct at the Capitol was nonviolent and part of a tranquil protest.
“In sum, my ‘crime’ was that I peacefully walked as a result of the Capitol and took movies — this is 100% corroborated by the Capitol’s video cameras,” Calhoun mentioned.
Calhoun repeated many falsehoods in the assertion, emphasizing his continued belief in the bogus idea that President Joe Biden missing the election to former President Donald Trump accusing the “Democrat managed DOJ” of persecuting him and suggesting that the prosecution of Capitol rioters amounts to “communism.”
“I will not be intimidated, and I will under no circumstances bend the knee to the Communists by pleading responsible to something I did not do,” he reported.
An lawyer for Calhoun reported she supported her client’s final decision to drop the plea offer you.
“I assume he created the ideal selection, and I am self-assured that the evidence will clearly show that he is not responsible of what he is getting billed of,” Jessica N. Sherman-Stoltz stated. “I glance ahead to proving his innocence at trial.”
Calhoun was arrested with his mate, Verden Andrew Nalley, in January 2021 and charged the upcoming thirty day period. In December, Nalley pleaded responsible to one depend of coming into and remaining in a restricted making.
Calhoun is owing back in court in April where by a federal choose is established to announce a trial day.