A federal judge who had been appointed during the Obama era has stated that they want harsher punishments and even steeper fines for any and all who breached the U.S. Capitol back on January 6th as part of a sentencing hearing for a man who had pled guilty this past week to joining the Capitol riot.
Beryl A. Howell, a Chief U.S. District Judge, has been against the no-prison misdemeanor plea deals as an entirely insufficient “deterrence” for individuals who had participated in “terrorizing members of Congress.”
Also this past Monday, Judge Howell made the suggestion that fines that were being applied to Capitol breachers were far too low, making the claim that American taxpayers are the ones who are footing a %500 million price tag for the damage, which is an entirely ambiguous estimate, while the prosecutors for the state are seemingly only going to recoup roughly $1.5 million in restitution from defendants.
As reported by The Washington Post, Howell was displeased with the U.S. attorney’s office centered in Washington only seeking the required $2.000 in each felony cast and only $500 in such cases that were deemed a misdemeanor.
The angry judge “challenged the toughness” of Uncle Joe’s DOJ by pointing out a plea hearing concerning a Colorado Springs man who had admitted to one of the four nonviolent misdemeanor counts of picketing aimed at him from the riots at the U.S. Capitol, reported the Post, going on to add that “Howell has already asked in another defendant’s plea hearing whether no-prison misdemeanor plea deals offered by the government are too lenient for individuals involved in ‘terrorizing members of Congress,’ asking pointedly whether the government had ‘any concern about deterrence?'”
“I’m accustomed to the government being fairly aggressive in terms of fraud when there have been damages that accrue from a criminal act for the restitution amount,” stated Howell.
“Where we have Congress acting, appropriating all this money due directly to the events of January 6th, I have found the damage amount of less than $1.5 million — when all of us American taxpayers are about to foot the bill for close to half a billion dollars — a little bit surprising.”
The estimate from the Judge for over half a billion dollars is supposedly in reference to a $2.1 billion security bill that passed Congress back in July, stated the Post. As we saw in June, however, prosecutors stated that the estimated damage to the Capitol to total “approximately $1,495,326.55.”