The man pictured in the viral photo with his feet propped on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office desk lashed out at a judge during his virtual court hearing, saying it wasn’t “fair” for him to remain behind bars.
According to KTLA News, Richard Barnett, 60, appeared at the Thursday hearing from jail. Barnett was among the Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol in January. Prosecutors claim he was carrying a stun gun when he went inside the building.
U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper called for a continuance until May 4, a suggestion that sparked outrage within Barnett.
“I’ve been here a long time…another month…It’s not fair,” Barnett could be heard telling the court about the suggested May date. “You’re letting everyone else out; I need help,” he yelled.
After his outburst, the status conference was paused so that the defendant could speak with his attorneys regarding the new court date.
Eventually, the judge returned to the hearing to confirm the next status conference, which remained set for May 4.
Barnett’s attorneys–from the law firm Metcalf & Metcalf and the McBride law firm–can make a bail application on his behalf, which would then require a hearing to take place to discuss the issue.
Last month, Barnett pleaded not guilty to all counts of his indictment. He faces aiding and abetting, entering and remaining in a certain room in the Capitol building; disorderly/disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
He was previously charged with three other federal charges in January, which included knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of public money, property, or records.