Judge U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth’s rebukes lawless MAGA Republicans.


Judge Lamberth condemns the pervasive justifications of criminal activity

Sentencing hearings typically focus on criminal defendants, assessing their actions, remorse, and background factors for leniency or the harshest possible sentence. However, in U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth’s courtroom on Thursday, the proceedings went beyond the usual script. Lamberth, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, wasn’t solely passing judgment on James Little, a defendant from the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach. He was also delivering a stern rebuke to politicians and pundits who downplayed the significance of the event and hailed its perpetrators as heroes.

Known for holding the powerful accountable, Lamberth, a Texan and Army veteran, had previously taken on issues like the mismanagement of trust funds by the Interior Department. Despite personal risks faced by judges and prosecutors in an environment of vitriol and violence, Lamberth took a stand against those attempting to whitewash the events of January 6.

In particular, Lamberth condemned the pervasive justifications of criminal activity, stating, “I cannot recall a time when such meritless justifications of criminal activity have gone mainstream.” He expressed dismay at distortions and falsehoods entering the public consciousness and the danger posed by destructive rhetoric. Without naming names, Lamberth took aim at figures like former President Donald Trump, who referred to the charged individuals as “hostages” and deemed their actions patriotic.

Lamberth’s dissent was explicit: “The Court cannot condone the shameless attempts by Mr. Little or anyone else to misinterpret or misrepresent what happened. It cannot condone the notion that those who broke the law on January 6 did nothing wrong, or that those duly convicted with all the safeguards of the United States Constitution, including a right to trial by jury in felony cases, are political prisoners or hostages.”

Source: Washington Post