Growing Number of Jan. 6 Defendants Ask Judges to Delay Trials in Light of Newly Released Footage

Contact Your Elected Officials
The Epoch Times Header

A growing number of people charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol are requesting trial delays so they can review newly disclosed footage.

Shane Jenkins became one of the latest defendants when he filed a motion through an attorney to delay the trial due to the disclosure of some 41,000 hours of security footage from Jan. 6, 2021.

“Mr. Jenkins requests that his trial currently set to begin on March 21, 2023, be moved so defense counsel can review the additional discovery,” Dennis Boyle, the attorney, wrote in the motion.

Republicans, having taken control of the House of Representatives in January, disclosed the footage to Fox News and said they were granting access to any defendants who want to view the video.

The tranche includes some 25,000 hours of footage that Jenkins hasn’t been able to review, according to the new filing.

“The request for additional time is necessary in order to adequately and diligently review all discovery pertaining to Mr. Jenkins and to determine whether any video contains relevant and material information that would pertain to Mr. Jenkins’ defense. Video evidence depicting Mr. Jenkins would constitute both exculpatory and material evidence, which would require disclosure from the government,” Boyle said. “Due to the large amount of video being released, and because Mr. Jenkins is currently incarcerated, we request additional time to review the information and prepare for trial.”

Government prosecutors oppose the request.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, the Obama appointee overseeing the case, hasn’t ruled on the motion yet.

Jenkins has been charged with physical violence in the Capitol grounds or building and disorderly conduct, among other charges.

William Pope, another defendant, told the court in a separate filing that he lacks access to “more than 99 percent of discovery” even though more than two years have elapsed since he was arrested.

If the government continues to deny Pope access to discovery necessary for his defense, the case should be dismissed, Pope argued. He has been charged with civil disorder and other charges.

By Zachary Stieber

Read Full Article on

Biden Doesn't Have Americans Best Interest At Heart