Judge denies bid by ‘QAnon Shaman’ to toss out Jan. 6 conviction

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A federal judge Thursday denied a bid by Jan. 6 rioter Jacob Chansley — better known as the “QAnon Shaman” — to vacate his conviction in light of footage from the Capitol that day aired by ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Chansley, who stood out from the Jan. 6 crowd for wearing face paint and a horned headdress during the riot, pleaded guilty to obstruction and was sentenced in November 2021 to 41 months in prison.

But in March 2023, Carlson aired footage of Chansley that showed him walking in the Capitol unimpeded by a group of officers who followed him — footage he claimed was exonerating.

William Shipley, Chansley’s attorney, argued in a motion to vacate his conviction that the footage “would have been favorable to Mr. Chansley at sentencing.”

But U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth strongly refuted those assertions in his decision to deny the motion.

Content retrieved from: https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4107962-judge-denies-bid-by-qanon-shaman-to-toss-out-jan-6-conviction/.

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