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PHOENIX – On Friday, a federal judge ordered a mental health assessment for Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man known as the “QAnon Shaman,” who has pleaded guilty to civil disorder offenses and obstruction of proceedings. officer, in addition to four other misdemeanor charges. .
Chansley’s lawyer says he has suffered mentally since his incarceration because of Asperger’s Syndrome, which could play a factor in the case.
His lawyer, Albert Watkins, has already tried to grant preventive release based on Chansley’s dietary needs.
Watkins, who defends several other clients who were charged with their involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, told Talking Points Memo that many of the defendants he represents were “people with short buses.”
Legal analysts believe that mental health assessments and claim that riot police were influenced by former President Donald Trump are ploys to pay more attention to cases or win lower sentences from clients.
In March, Judge Royce Lamberth said Jacob Chansley did not fully appreciate the seriousness of the charges and did not find any of Chansley’s “many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions” convincing.
He ruled that Chansley would remain imprisoned until his trial.
Chansley apologized to Trump without success. Since then, he has expressed his disappointment with Trump, though he has also said he does not regret being loyal to the former president.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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