August 14, 2022

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ actor, an accused Capitol rioter, almost sent to jail following claiming ‘divine’ authority

James Beeks, who performed Judas in the musical “Jesus Christ Celebrity” prior to his arrest past week for his alleged participation in the January 6 riot, prompted the judge to take into consideration sending him to jail immediately after telling the courtroom he had “divine” authority and arguing the governing administration experienced no jurisdiction above him.

“That is all gobbledygook,” Main Decide Beryl Howell of the DC District Courtroom mentioned. “Mr. Beeks, you really should be tranquil except if spoken to.”

Beeks’ outbursts parroted the Sovereign Citizen movement — a belief that governing administration institutions are fraudulent and as a result followers do not have to abide by them — nevertheless Beeks instructed Howell the phrase ‘Sovereign Citizen’ was an “insult” and an “oxymoron.”

Beeks spoke for himself for most of the hearing soon after at first indicating he would not act as his have law firm due to the fact “I are not able to signify myself because I am myself.”

Prior to the hearing, the Justice Department was not requesting that Beeks be kept in jail when awaiting demo. That adjusted, having said that, after Beeks asserted his “divine” authority.

“A defendant who rejects the jurisdiction of the courtroom…rejects the rule of law,” Howell stated, “is normally not released pre-trial,” although the choose ultimately produced Beeks on GPS checking when he last but not least agreed — after speaking privately with his attorney — to cooperate.

“I can not erase from my mind what happened in advance of this,” Howell reported just before listing the ailments, which bundled “no contact with any person recognised to be an Oath Keeper.”

Beeks is the next Capitol riot defendant whose refusal to acknowledge the judicial procedure pushed judges to take into account sending them to jail, even with prosecutors’ willingness to enable them continue to be absolutely free even though they await trial.

Pauline Bauer, a cafe operator from Pennsylvania, was sent to jail in September soon after she also rejected the court’s authority about her, refused to abide by simple launch disorders and berated the judge overseeing her case.

In accordance to courtroom documents, Beeks joined a team of Oath Keepers on January 6 and tried to crack via a line of police officers guarding a hallway to the Senate chamber. Investigators observed Beeks right after attending two performances of ‘Jesus Christ Celebrity,’ where Beeks was starring as Judas.

Howell requested Beeks to report to pretrial solutions in Florida in advance of 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday.