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Government: Trump 'cherry-picks' judge's statements from Jan. 6 sentencings
Government lawyers said she was responding to requests for leniency from defendants who blamed others for inspiring their actions. Chutkan's comments weren't focused on Trump but on rejecting pleas for leniency based on blaming others because defendants were acting of their own free will, the lawyers wrote.
In the 2021 case, Chutkan sentenced Robert Scott Palmer to 63 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting police officers with a dangerous weapon on Jan. 6. Palmer admitted he "threw a wooden plank at" officers, "sprayed the contents of fire extinguisher" at officers and assaulted another group of officers "with a 4-5 foot pole," according to court records. Palmer argued the riot wouldn't have happened if not for the organization and financing of others, government lawyers argued.
In the 2022 case, Chutkan sentenced Christine Priola to 15 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding by surging with the mob into the Senate chamber, according to court records. She laid the blame for the riot on others and tried to diminish her role, government lawyers argued.
What charges does Trump face in the federal election conspiracy case?
The Federal election case is one of four criminal cases Trumps faces. Charges in the case include conspiracy to defraud the United States by trying to overturn the 2020 election and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding of Congress. He wasn’t charged with inciting the riot or seditious conspiracy.