The Arkansas man that was infamously photographed with his feet on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s office desk is being convicted on all counts.
Richard Barnett, 62, was convicted on eight federal counts of his doing in the Capitol riot, including entering and remaining in a restricted area with a deadly or dangerous weapon and obstructing an official proceeding.
Barnett’s sentencing takes place in early May, and he is currently on home detention with a GPS ankle monitor until then. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the full charge of obstructing official proceedings.
The jury deliberated for a few hours before reaching the verdict. Barnett’s lawyer, Joseph McBride, believes his client did not have a fair trial, reasoning that Washington D.C. is “not a state” and made up of mostly “Biden voters.”
“We’re not saying there is something inherently wrong with D.C. or with the jurors.” McBride said. “We’re saying that we believe politics is the big elephant in the room that nobody wants to speak about here, and political considerations about this trial have damaged the jury pool to the extent that we can’t get a fair trial.”
However, reliable video surveillance shows Barnett entering Pelosi’s office on Jan. 6.
During the trial, Barnett testified that he was pushed into the Capitol building, looking for a restroom and admiring all of the artwork. Prosecutors maintain that Barnett has failed to tell the truth and called him “belligerent.”
Barnett said, “I wasn’t part of that protest, I was pushed in,” and described himself as “hyper.”
Court documents reveal that Barnett had a stun gun in his pocket. However, Barnett claims it no longer worked because it washed in the shower.
Here’s Mr. Barnett, who goes by “Bigo,” telling the story in his own words pic.twitter.com/oSyKiCDXgy
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) January 6, 2021