Amid all of the stories of isolation and the like coming from Washington in regards to the people imprisoned for the crime of entering the Capitol building or being in a restricted space or something, the name Couy Griffin really has not come up much. Griffin is from New Mexico and is the founder of Cowboys for Trump. He would frequently post videos of himself riding a horse in urban areas around the country.
Griffin’s attorneys said in a court filing that Pence had already departed the restricted area before the earliest that Griffin could have entered it, but Secret Service inspector Lanelle Hawa testified that Pence never left the restricted area during the riot…
“That is offensive and wrong,” Smith told the judge during his brief opening statements…
Struck testified that he and Griffin went to the Capitol to find a place to pray. Smith asked Struck if anybody appeared to be “riled up” by the prayer that Griffin led.
“They started chanting, ‘Pray for Trump,” Struck replied. “It looks like they’ve been calm and they’re listening to Couy.”
In a court filing, prosecutors called Griffin “an inflammatory provocateur and fabulist who engages in racist invective and propounds baseless conspiracy theories, including that Communist China stole the 2020 Presidential Election.”
Griffin’s attorneys say hundreds if not thousands of other people did exactly what Griffin did on Jan. 6 and haven’t been charged with any crimes.
“The evidence will show that the government selected Griffin for prosecution based on the fact that he gave a speech and led a prayer at the Capitol, that is, selected him based on protected expression,” they wrote.
That certainly does seem to be likely given the reality that the paid invaders at the Capitol all got off with reduced charges or were able to plea bargain.
GUILTY: U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden on Tuesday convicted an elected official from New Mexico of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds but acquitted him of engaging in disorderly conduct during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. His sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2022