‘Q Shaman’s’ lawyer asked for his release from jail, insisting spear wasn’t a danger

The lawyer representing Jacob Chansley, or ‘QAnon Shaman,’ asked a federal judge to release his client from jail.

On January 6, 2021, Chansley entered the US Capitol with other rioters. He donned a horned fur headdress and face paint. Within his reasoning, the lawyer, Al Watkins, insisted the weapon Chansley is pictured holding was not a spear but rather a flagpole with an ornament on top, and therefore not dangerous. Watkins also noted video footage showing Chansley engaging in “friendly interactions with law enforcement.”

He also suggested his client’s mental health, saying Chansley is “a man who needs some attention that he is not able to get.” The prosecutor, James Nelson, did not accept Watkins’ points, saying the lawyer “has been talking for more than 20 minutes and hasn’t said a single correct thing.” According to Nelson, video footage shows Chansley entering the Capitol through a broken window and pushing past law enforcement.

Judge Royce Lambert suggested releasing Chansley from jail if he refrains from accessing the internet prior to his trial. To which Nelson replied, “I don’t know how any supervising agency would enforce that condition.” Currently, Chansley is facing six charges for his involvement with the January 6 Capitol riot.



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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