Jan. 6 Protester Gains His Release From Jail After Months Behind Bars
A man arrested in June and kept behind bars ever since on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 protest at the U.S. Capitol Building caught a major break earlier this week, according to reports.
Joseph McBride, an attorney for protester Adam Jackson, tweeted on Tuesday that he managed to secure the release of his client from jail, the Western Journal noted.
“Adam Jackson retained me in June after a TX Judge locked him up for protesting on J6. He was then extradited from TX to the Northern Neck Regional Jail Gulag. I argued for his release last week. WE WON. Adam Jackson will be released today!!!” McBride tweeted along with a photo of the release order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Days after they were arrested in June, a federal judge ordered Jackson and his brother, Brian Jackson, both of whom hail from Katy, Texas, to be locked up without bail, according to a report by KHOU-TV. McBride did not mention Brian Jackson, however.
“The U.S. District Attorney’s Office said Brian hurled a flagpole at officers and Adam hurled a large object at officers before charging at the line of law enforcement with what appeared to be a U.S. Capitol Police riot shield,” the outlet reported.
Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew M. Edison called the pair a “threat to the community” and ordered them both sent to Washington, D.C., for trial, KTRK-TV reported.
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A Justice Department press release at the time described the pair’s alleged actions, noting both were “charged in the District of Columbia with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, civil disorder, and related offenses”:
According to court documents, the Jacksons were among rioters illegally on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6. At approximately 5 p.m. that day, they assaulted a line of law enforcement officers outside of the tunnel area of the Lower West Terrace. Brian Jackson hurled a flagpole at officers. Adam Jackson hurled a large red or orange object at officers and then charged at the line of officers with what appeared to be a U.S. Capitol Police riot shield.
In a video on Brian Jackson’s Facebook account, a voice is heard saying, “Adam got a god-damned shield, stole it from the f—- popo.” Later, Brian Jackson “unsent” several messages that he had sent bragging about his participation in the riot and sent multiple messages asking others to delete videos and messages he had sent. Adam Jackson, meanwhile, exchanged messages with another person on Jan. 10, 2021, in which he indicated he wanted to return to Washington for the inauguration. The other person asked Adam Jackson if he brought the riot shield home with him, and Jackson responded, “No, we left them. Cost to [sic] much to ship home lol.”
At a hearing for Adam Jackson, McBride described him as “a man who while living freely from January 7, 2021 – June 7, 2022, broke no laws and committed no crimes,” per Law & Crime.
“The Government, in its lust to jail anyone who went to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has turned a blind eye to the fact that Mr. Jackson is a husband, father, grandfather, business owner, employer, mentor, coach, churchgoer, and law-abiding citizen,” McBride argued, according to the outlet.
In the long run, however, if former President Donald Trump wins a second term, none of this may matter; in an interview with a Newsmax host, Trump suggested he may pardon the Jan. 6. protestors.
“How do we right this wrong? What can you do?” Newsmax radio host Wendy Bell asked Trump, who had called into the program.
“So I met with them a number of times, but I met with, and I’m financially supporting, people that are incredible, and they were in my office actually two days ago. That’s very much on my mind. It’s a disgrace what they’ve done to them, what they’ve done to these people. It’s disgraceful,” he said.
“And mostly, I mean, you know, it’s firemen. They’re policemen. They’re people in the military. They’re people that were you know, you look at what took place with the police, where they’re ushering them in and so many different things,” he continued.
“And we’re working on it very hard. We’re working with legals, you know, this radical left system. These people are sick. There’s something wrong with them. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this, and they don’t mind, and they’re cold,” Trump added.
“You get this, you get some of these judges that are … so nasty and so angry, mean, the sentences. And I will tell you, I will look very, very favorably about full pardons if I decide to run. And if I win, I will be looking very, very strongly about pardons. Full pardons,” he said.
“Amen. Well deserved,” Bell responded.