Not surprisingly, the recent indictment of former President Trump has sucked up all the oxygen on the internet. Attention and focus on the continuing legal troubles of persons charged with offenses on January 6 has taken a back seat in a significant way.
Unfortunately this is happening just as the DOJ seems to be embarking on the long-rumored second wave of J6 indictments. I have picked up three new cases in the past 3 weeks -- a father and son from Mississippi, a young man in Chicago who was with his mother and aunt on January 6, and another Texas resident charged with two felonies.
Not every client is financially unable to support the legal defense being provided, but most cannot -- particularly in cases where felony offenses are charged and the stakes are much higher.
But in addition to these new clients -- and more that I expect in the weeks and months ahead -- I have more than 20 existing clients whose cases continue to progress. This is not just in the District Court in Washington DC, but I now have 2 clients with cases pending before the Court of Appeals.
There has been a bit of a pause over the past 45 days after what was a very hectic schedule before that. The January 6 Legal Defense Fund slipped into a significant negative balance due to high costs during two back-to-back trials in DC from late Nov. 2022 to mid-March 2023, followed by a third trial in late April. Fundraising over the past 2 months has trimmed that deficit, but there are still outstanding debts to be paid.
But I'm about to enter into another cycle of travel and court appearances in DC over the next 4 weeks, which will result in more travel costs that add to the "red" figures in our accounting. Again, some clients and their families are helping to defray these costs, but they can't give what they don't have.
In addition to new clients, I'm involved with two detained J6 defendants with particularly difficult cases -- Jeffrey McKellop and Ryan Samsel. Jeff is a retired Army Special Forces Operator who has a particularly difficult case on the facts, combined with having a very difficult time during his time in detention since his arrest. There are some dates coming up on the calendar which will give us an indication of the direction his case is likely to take. There is much work to be done in search of the best possible outcome for him.
Ryan Samsel has suffered multiple beatings at the hands of jail personnel in DC and Virginia during his time awaiting trial, and his injuries have resulted in lengthy delays in getting his case resolved. We're making an effort this week to get a new bail hearing scheduled in order to secure his release to seek medical treatment that he needs, as well as to better prepare his case for trial in October.
In addition to those two cases, here is a list of work to be done in the days and weeks ahead:
1. Roberto Minuta's motion to be released pending his appeal, as well as a very involved appeal following his conviction in the second Oath Keeper trial.
2. Sentencing of Michael Greene on 7/21.
3. Change of Plea for Anthony Sargent on 7/21.
4. Sentencing of 4 members of the Robinson family on 8/1 and 8/2 via Zoom.
5. Sentencing of Salvador Sandoval on 8/7.
6. Sentencing of Michael Olivares on 8/11. The Sandoval and Olivares hearings -- whose cases I took over only for sentencing -- are both in person in DC.
7. Trial prep and pretrial motions work for Brett Bozell -- trial on 9/6.
8. Presentence Objections and Sentencing Statement for Christopher Worrell.
9. Presentence Objections and Sentencing Statement for Daniel Phipps.
10. Presentence Objections and Sentencing Statement for Tyler Tew.
Just today we received a briefing schedule from the Appeals Court for Lucas Denney, with our Opening Brief due 9/11 and Reply Brief due 11/1.
The J6 Fund has existing debts now. Adding the upcoming costs means I will likely need to turn away any new clients until we get through the next several weeks, and hopefully fundraising will catch up and get us back into a more stable financial position.
If you are able and willing to support the work that the J6 Fund covers, now would be a particularly helpful time to do so.