NEWS & ANALYSIS

January 6 Inmates Endure ‘Human Rights Violations’ Daily, Per Bail Motion


A bail application for an alleged Capitol rioter was submitted to D.C. federal court Friday, claiming January 6 defendants have little-to-no rights in their daily prison lives. 

Dominic Pezzola, a 43-year-old veteran, has been incarcerated for 150 days and has been essentially shut out of his own defense. 

As reported by Just the News, Pezzola has “literally been in his cell for 22 or 23 hours a day.” 

“It is impossible to have a free-flowing conversation” with their client in these “open cages where there is no confidentiality [and] everyone can hear the conversations, including prison guards,” the filing says. 

The lawyers suggested they will seek a new trial or dismissal if these conditions are not reversed, citing an intrusion into the attorney-client relationship. 

Indeed, dozens of January 6 inmates who aren’t part of the general jail population, share the same unsanitary nail clippers, have a lack of exercise, and have “nearly nonexistent” access to showers, religious services and haircuts.” 

Despite the horrible conditions faced by the prisoners, they will not be charged with treason or sedition. 

More than 500 individuals who were arrested and charged with crimes related to the Capitol riot won’t be charged with “treason” or sedition.” 

Many defendants had been indicted for sedition or treason. But, as an increasing number of lesser charges are filed and defendants plead guilty, those accusations may never be formally levied. 

As reported by the Associated Press, via the Daily Wire, sedition charges are rare. And, fewer than 10 people have been convicted of treason over the course of U.S. history.