Growing Number of Jan. 6 Defendants Ask Judges to Delay Trials in Light of Newly Released Footage
by Zackary Steiber, The Epoch Times, March 9, 2023
A growing number of people charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol are requesting trial delays so they can review newly disclosed footage.
Shane Jenkins became one of the latest defendants when he filed a motion through an attorney to delay the trial due to the disclosure of some 41,000 hours of security footage from Jan. 6, 2021.
“Mr. Jenkins requests that his trial currently set to begin on March 21, 2023, be moved so defense counsel can review the additional discovery,” Dennis Boyle, the attorney, wrote in the motion.
William Pope, another defendant, told the court in a separate filing that he lacks access to “more than 99 percent of discovery” even though more than two years have elapsed since he was arrested.
Prosecutors have opposed making much of the footage available because the legislative branch was the original owner of the evidence, Pope wrote. “However, now that the Legislative Branch has given defendants their blessing to have due process access to legislative files, the government’s already weak argument to deny due process has collapsed. This court should immediately grant me full access to discovery,” he wrote.
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We the People Convention Letter asking for All Jan 6th Videos to be Released to the Public:
January 23, 2023
Congressman Jim Jordan
Ohio 4th District
C/O 2056 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Thomas Massie
Kentucky 4th District
C/O 2056 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressmen Jordan and Massie,
I am writing concerning the release of the 14,000 hours of video taken on the day of January 6, 2021 before, during, and after the protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. As you know, many Americans have been anxious to see this video with our own eyes so that we may better understand exactly what happened that day. We are very excited that Speaker McCarthy and the House Republicans are committed to putting this historic video into the public domain after an uncalled for two year delay.
That being said, it has occurred to some of us that preparations must me made to consume this substantial amount of video information and to be able to provide tools to the general public, and the media, so that they may be able to derive some accurate knowledge about the events of that historic day. What could the release of 14,000 hours of video show us? It is hoped that we would be better able to understand how the protest turned violent; how the protestors were able to enter the Capitol; who may have been involved in inciting violence, who in-fact committed violence; what events led up to the deaths of four protestors that day; and why the Capitol building and grounds were not properly protected.
So the question is, how does Congress release 14,000 hours of video and to whom? You may already have good answers to those questions, but we would like to propose a solution in addition to those you may already be considering.
I have been in touch with my good friend Catherine Engelbrecht, the President of True the Vote, who has recently launched a very powerful AI-Driven Search and storage facility called Open.ink. We would like to arrange for Congress to release one copy of the 14,000 hours of video to us which we would load onto the Open.ink servers. We would then create Artificial Intelligence (AI) search tools through which we could crowdsource the analysis of the video.
Furthermore, we already have thousands of trained researchers who know how to use the system who can help organize the video in intelligent ways to identify fact patterns that would provide answers to the questions identified above and more.
We can provide a much more detailed and technical proposal by next week, but for now just know we would like to get one copy of the 14,000 hours of video and we have the
resources in place to make it publicly available. Certainly we would expect Congress to give copies to other groups as well. Our technical team will coordinate how that video can best be transferred to us. We will pay all costs for the transfer and storage of the video as well as for the public use of the Open.ink system. Once we get the video we will be on our own. However, we will certainly share any and all video evidence our researchers discover that may be of value to House Committees investigating January 6th.
Let me close by making the motivation for this offer crystal clear. We know that the DOJ, FBI, and who knows how many more three letter government agencies, have or will have access to this video. We know that they have incredible analytical resources available to them which are paid for with our tax dollars. Sadly, we know by their past behavior that they will not use those resources to tell the public the truth about January 6th, and the people involved that day, but rather to create a narrative to attack their political enemies.
Therefore, it is imperative that the Republican House give the American people an opportunity to see a more neutral fact-based analysis of the events of that day so that the Historical Record will be an accurate reflection of the Historical Facts. There has already been two years of outright lying by the previous Congress and the Executive Branch about the causes, the events, and the meaning of what happened that day. We MUST NOT allow the release of these videos to add to this body of lies but instead to shine the light of truth upon them so that the historical slate can be wiped cleaned and made permanently accurate. The American people, and all future Americans, deserve nothing less.
We look forward to discussing this proposal with the appropriate staff as quickly as possible to facilitate the video transfer as soon as possible. Please contact me immediately with any questions.
Thomas R. Zawistowski
We The People Convention, Inc.