By Duncan Smith
Can you remember the last time you heard of an American citizen getting jail time for trespassing?
Because someone just did.
His crime? ‘Trespassing’ at the U.S. Capitol Building along with several hundred other people who never broke in, never destroyed property once inside, and in some cases, were allowed in by Capitol Police.
Jail time for trespassing — because it’s okay to demonstrate, riot, and break things everywhere else in Washington, D.C., and around the country.
But don’t you dare come into ‘the people’s house’ uninvited.
“The man, Paul Allard Hodgkins, was not charged with property destruction or assault – yet ‘contributed to the collective threat to democracy,’ according to prosecutors, who sought 18 months,” Zero Hedge reported.
'If I had any idea that the protest … would escalate (the way) it did … I would never have ventured farther than the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue,' Hodgkins told the judge. He added: 'This was a foolish decision on my part.'
The Associated Press added:
Hodgkins was never accused of assaulting anyone or damaging property. And prosecutors said he deserves some leniency for taking responsibility almost immediately and pleading guilty to the obstruction charge.
But they also noted how he boarded a bus in his hometown of Tampa bound for a Jan. 6 Trump rally carrying rope, protective goggles and latex gloves in a backpack — saying that demonstrated he came to Washington prepared for violence.
Video footage shows Hodgkins wearing a Trump 2020 T-shirt, the flag flung over his shoulder and eye goggles around his neck, inside the Senate. He took a selfie with a self-described shaman in a horned helmet and other rioters on the dais behind him.
His lawyer pleaded with the judge to spare his 38-year-old client time in prison, saying the shame that will attach to Hodgkins for the rest of his life should be factored in as punishment.
The lawyer argued in court papers that Hodgkins' actions weren't markedly different from those of Anna Morgan Lloyd — other than Hodgkins stepping onto the Senate floor. Morgan Lloyd was the first of roughly 500 arrested to be sentenced. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and last month was sentenced to three years of probation.
So, this ‘justice’ is what awaits the rest of the common Trump-supporting folk who also didn’t do anything to warrant jail time let alone 20 years behind bars.
Meanwhile, justice eludes insiders like James Comey, Hillary Clinton, and a range of other white-collar thugs — as well as their ideological brothers and sisters who regularly attacked a federal courthouse last year with the intent of killing its federal occupants.
Still think America, as is right now, is worth ‘preserving?’
An ever-increasing number of Americans (on both sides of the aisle) don’t.
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