‘You’re a pawn’: The judge’s verdicts Jan. 6, the troublemaker who went on voter fraud to rant about prison
a Donald Trump A supporter who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 erupted into a clamor about voter fraud and conspiracy theories about the attack on Friday, shortly before he was sentenced to two weeks in prison.
John Lawlos, who went to the Capitol through a broken window, was sentenced by Judge Amit B. Consequences of lies told by politicians they know best.
In a raucous pre-judgment speech that lasted more than 20 minutes, Lawlos tried to downplay his behavior on January 6 – but also triggered videos he had seen of supposed voter fraud in Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit, and said: FBI The Department of Justice had to look into the allegations. Against the advice of his attorney, Lawless continued to draw up a bizarre conspiracy theory and said that “the youngest police officer I’ve ever seen” encouraged him to encroach on the Capitol.
“I see a broken window, people are coming in. Yes, I did come in, your honor, but I didn’t break the window to rob the place,” Lulos said.
“Do you think the way to get to a protest area was through a broken window?” Mehta asked.
After Lulus’ long rant, Assistant US Attorney Anthony Franks said Lulus had made the prison case better than he could.
“I may have miserably failed to describe why a prison sentence would be appropriate here, but I think Mr. Lawlos pretty much summed it up,” Franks said. “If he gets mad again, he won’t be deterred…He says he took responsibility, but he didn’t…If something happened again regarding alleged voter fraud, I would announce he would do it again.”
Lulus asked the judge not to pour “salt into the wound” and said his business had already been damaged by his arrest. “I’ve been deterred enough,” Lulus said.
Mehta described January 6 as a “unique event” and said that everyone who entered the Capitol contributed to the chaos.
“There’s some loosening up here,” he said. “Mr. Lawless did not plan for this episode, nor did he purposely come to Washington, D.C. to storm the Capitol. The fact remains that he and others were summoned to Washington, D.C. by an elected official, and an elected official told him to walk to the Capitol.”
“People like Mr. Lulos were told lies and lies, they were told that the election was stolen when it really wasn’t,” Mehta said. He added that it was influential people like Lolos who suffer the consequences, not those who “created the conditions” that led to January 6.
Mehta said it was “disappointing” and “unfortunate” that Lulos still believed the election was stolen, but said it was understandable because it’s hard to convince people they bought a lie.
“I think you’re a pawn,” the judge said. “You are a pawn in a game played and directed by people who should know better.”
The FBI has made more than 650 arrests in connection with the Capitol attack, a number that represents that about a quarter of the total number of potential defendants involved in criminal conduct charged on January 6th. Trump mobs who assaulted law enforcement.