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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:
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.