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Lawyer for ‘QAnon shaman’ claims client’s health deteriorating in jail without organic food

Last week, Chansley filed a request for organic food, which he stated is all he has eaten for the previous eight years, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. He stated the final time he ate was the morning of Jan. 25 and requested for some canned greens, canned wild-caught tuna or organic canned soup.

“I will continue to pray thru the pain and do my best not to complain,” Chansley wrote in the request. “I have strayed from my spiritual diet only a few times over the last 8 years with detrimental physical effects. As a spiritual man I am willing to suffer for my beliefs, hold to my convictions, and the weight of their consequences.”

Eric Glover, common counsel for Washington, D.C.,’s Department of Corrections, disputed that Chansley hasn’t eaten in a Tuesday electronic mail to Watkins filed in courtroom paperwork.

At a listening to Friday, a choose urged Chansley’s lawyer to attempt to work out the problems associated to his food regimen with Glover. Chansley’s request for organic food was denied on Monday, in keeping with the paperwork, which stated his claims had no “religious merit.”

In the submitting Wednesday, Watkins referred to as for Chansley to be launched earlier than his trial, saying he doesn’t have a felony historical past, wasn’t “part of a grand scheme to … overthrow the Government” and that it will take away any points with Chansley’s “worsening health situation.” Watkins wrote Wednesday that Chansley has additionally been compliant with the FBI. The choose in the case has stated he’d be open to considering bail for him in early March.

The Phoenix man was among the many first individuals indicted by federal prosecutors in wake of the Capitol rebellion that left 5 individuals useless. Chansley, also called Jake Angeli, was charged with violating the Federal Anti-Riot Act and obstructing Congress, amongst different expenses. Former President Donald Trump was subsequently impeached for inciting an rebellion. Chansley would also be willing to testify at Trump’s Senate trial next week, Watkins has previously said.

Prosecutors have argued Chansley was “an active participant in” the “violent insurrection,” suggesting expenses of sedition or rebellion may very well be in the works for individuals concerned.

The horns and fur Chansley wore Jan. 6 that made him one of the recognizable faces of the riots have been all a part of his “Shaman beliefs,” Watkins wrote in the submitting Wednesday.

Watkins additionally argued in his Wednesday submitting that Trump incited the riot by saying “‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore” at a rally earlier than the riot. In an interview on CNN in wake of the riots, Watkins stated Chansley “felt like he was answering” Trump’s name and referred to as on Trump to offer him a pardon.

“He felt like his voice was, for the first time, being heard,” Watkins stated of Chansley. “And what ended up happening, over the course of the lead-up to the election, over the course of the period from the election to Jan. 6 — it was a driving force by a man he hung his hat on, he hitched his wagon to. He loved Trump. Every word, he listens to him.”

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