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Jan. 6 Protester Gains His Release From Jail After Months Behind Bars

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The attorney for a man locked up in June and charged with various criminal activities related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building had a huge announcement on behalf of his client earlier this week.

On Tuesday, attorney Joseph McBride, who is representing protester Adam Jackson, announced on Twitter that he managed to get his client out of jail to await his trial.

“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.

The tweet contains a screenshot of the court’s release order.

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Earlier this summer, Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew M. Edison ordered Jackson and his brother, Brian Jackson — both from Katy, Texas — jailed without bond and ordered them to be sent to Washington, D.C., to face charges and stand trial. He labeled the pair a “threat to the community.”

According to a report by KHOU-TV: “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.”

In press release at the time, the Justice Department noted both suspects were “charged in the District of Columbia with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, civil disorder, and related offenses,” adding:

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.”

During a court appearance earlier this week, McBride argued that Adam Jackson was no threat to his community and had been living a crime-free life in the time between the protest and his arrest in June. He also argued that his client’s arrest was the result of a political vendetta on behalf of the Biden administration.

“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 said, according to Law & Crime.

In an interview with Newsmax radio host Wendy Bell this week following Jackson’s release, former President Donald Trump explained that he would consider pardoning all Jan. 6 rioters arrested or found guilty on charges stemming from the incident.

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“How do we right this wrong? What can you do?” Bell asked at one point during her program.

“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.

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