News That Will Drive You To Drink

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Guys, when a defense attorney says his client is innocent because he was only obeying orders, uh, what do you think of first?

Yeah, me too:

The story:

Dustin Thompson, a 38-year-old from Ohio, is the third Jan. 6 defendant to face a trial by jury after the convictions of Guy Reffittand former police officer Thomas Robertson. Thompson faces six charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding and theft of government property. His codefendant, Robert Lyon, pleaded guiltylast month, admitting that he and Thompson traveled to D.C. together and that Thompson stole the coat rack and later fled from police when they were confronted on the grounds of the Capitol.

Samuel Shamansky, at attorney for Thompson, told jurors on Tuesday that his client had “snatched the coat rack, foolishly,” and that there was “no question” that his client took part in the “horrible” event on Jan. 6 that interrupted a “solemn and sacred proceeding.”

But, Shamansky argued, the “genesis” of the attack began months before Jan. 6, and responsibility fell at the feet of Trump, who “authorized this assault” on the Capitol.

“It was a plot, it was a scheme, it was a conspiracy… that began at the highest levels of our government,” Shamansky argued.

Thompson and other “vulnerable” Trump supporters like him “believed the lies that were fed to them” in the months leading up to Jan. 6, Shamansky argued. Thompson was “predisposed” to “this lunacy,” Shamansky said, but losing his job at the beginning of the Covid pandemic left him sitting at home to digest the “garbage” that Trump and his supporters were spreading.

Look, it’s becoming increasingly common that defense of the weak-brained is going to go in this direction, and while every case is unique, the trend is clear. Hair Füror and his 4th Reich urged their army of mouth-breathers to lead an insurrection:

“One week before an angry mob stormed the Capitol, a communications expert named Jason Sullivan, a onetime aide to Roger Stone, joined a conference call with a group of President Donald Trump’s supporters and made an urgent plea,” the New York Times reports.

“After assuring his listeners that the 2020 election had been stolen, Mr. Sullivan told them that they had to go to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 — the day that Congress was to meet to finalize the electoral count — and ‘descend on the Capitol.’”

“While Mr. Sullivan claimed that he was ‘not inciting violence or any kind of riots,’ he urged those on the call to make their presence felt at the Capitol in a way that would intimidate members of Congress, telling the group that they had to ensure that lawmakers inside the building ‘understand that people are breathing down their necks.’”

And it worked. This isn’t theoretical any more, this was their plan all along.

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6 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Jimmy T says:

    “It was a plot, it was a scheme, it was a conspiracy… that began at the highest levels of our government.” It’s a breath of fresh air when someone speaks the truth. Now the feeble minded rubes won’t catch on, but these ongoing trials keep pointing the finger (of fate, or even better the middle finger) in Trump’s and the co-conspirators direction…

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  2. roket says:

    Hmm. Interesting. So is Shamansky’s first witness for the defense going to be TFG so he can corroborate the statement that TFG himself did in fact “authorized this assault” thus proving beyond a show of a doubt that Thompson is innocent as the pure driven snow??? Asking for a long line of other defendants.

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    • It was unclear from the article whether these were opening or closing arguments.

      Opening arguments that state stuff like this generally require some sort of evidence being proffered to support the allegations; closing arguments do not.

      If this is an opening argument and he’s going to try to prove this at trial, things could get really interesting, if he introduces evidence that is accepted at trial.

      It doesn’t at all let his client off the hook “I vas chust followink orders!” is not a defense unless the defendant can prove that you could reasonably believe the orders were legitimate.


      • schmice3 says:

        Just remember, Richard Nixon said that “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal”. If this is the opening, then it’s just a slow plea. No honor in it, just more money.


  3. Richard Portman says:

    Oh yes, they were just following orders. From who? That means they are just a bunch of angry wankers. Give them a weapon and a dictator, they are good to go. No more worries, no more thoughts, no more regrets.
    Our whole thing, our way of being, can be destroyed by a dictator and a gang of starving boys. Look what they do. They say that they are heroes. I say that they are slaves.
    Who kills old people? Who kills children? Who bombs cities?
    For what? Just so Putin can go to his big table and dictate his terms.
    Just between you and me, this is going to end badly.


  4. mike says:

    So, this is where the crazed TDS people come to.


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