Apr 3, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Federal judge slams "normalization" of Capitol riot

Protestors storms the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

A federal judge on Wednesday condemned the "normalization" of the Capitol riot while sentencing a man convicted of assaulting law enforcement.

The big picture: More than 1,350 people have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 insurrection, and hundreds have already pleaded guilty.

Zoom in: "This cannot become normal," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said Wednesday per CNN. "We cannot condone the normalization of the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot."

  • The judge made the comments while sentencing Taylor James Johnatakis, 40, to more than seven years in prison for his actions during the insurrection.
  • The Washington state man was found guilty of seven charges, including three felonies.

What he's saying: "There can be no room in our country for this sort of political violence," the judge said.

  • Lamberth said that if Americans unhappy with election results continue to resort to "vigilantism, lawlessness and anarchy," it will create a "vicious cycle ... that could imperil our institutions."
  • He added that the insurrection was not patriotic or a form of civil disobedience, but rather a "corrosive" and "selfish" affront to the nation.

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