A Washington, DC jury convicted an Arkansas man guilty on eight charges on Monday after he was famously seen placing his feet on a desk in the former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on January 6, 2021.
In relation to his acts in the US Capitol that day, Richard Barnett, 62, better known as “Bigo,” was charged with eight federal felonies, including entering and remaining in a restricted location with a deadly or dangerous weapon and obstructing an official procedure.
Despite prosecutors’ motion to revoke his parole, Barnett will continue to be free on home detention with a GPS ankle monitor until his sentencing in early May. For the most serious offence of impeding an official proceeding, he may spend up to 20 years in prison.
Before rendering its decision, the jury thought over the case for a while. Barnett remained motionless and didn’t respond as the forewoman read the guilty verdict aloud.
After learning of the judgement, Joseph McBride, Barnett’s attorney, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had not received a fair trial because Washington, DC, is “not a state” and predominantly made up of “Biden voters.”
We’re not claiming that the jury or DC are flawed in some fundamental way. stated McBride. “We’re arguing that we think politics is the huge elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about here and that political concerns regarding this trial have harmed the jury pool to the point that we can’t obtain a fair trial,” the statement reads.
According to court filings, Barnett was observed on surveillance approaching Pelosi’s office area on the afternoon of January 6. He was captured on camera with the flag hung nearby and his boot propped up on a desk.
Barnett said during the trial that he had been forced into the Capitol during the incident and had been looking for a place to use the restroom while enjoying the artwork throughout the structure. During his evidence, Barnett fought with the prosecution, and they eventually charged him with lying and acting “belligerently.”
In his testimony, Barnett referred to himself as “hyper,” saying, “I wasn’t part of the demonstration, I was pushed in.”
Barnett was in Pelosi’s office with a stun gun tucked under his jeans, according to court records. During the trial, Barnett stated that he thought it had stopped working because it had been cleaned in the shower.
According to court records, on January 6, Barnett was heard indicating he didn’t steal an envelope he had taken from inside the Capitol and adding that he had written Pelosi a note referring to her as a “b***h.”
In the video, Barnett claimed, “I did not take it. I bled on it since I was being maced and I was unable to see, so I assumed I was in her office. My blood was on her desk. Despite the fact that she is not worth it, I placed a quarter on her desk. And I wrote her a message that read, “Nancy, Bigo was here, you b***h,” and I placed it on her desk.
Additionally, Barnett’s attorneys claimed that the word “biatch” rather than the “b***h,” which they claimed was “slang” and “less inflammatory,” was what Barnett wrote.