Federal Judge Attacks DOJ For Having Double Standard For Right-Wing Supporters

(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Last week, Texas salon owner Jenny Cudd was sentenced for her involvement in the January 6 riot at the Capitol after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted area without authority to do so.

On Wednesday, Judge Trevor McFadden from the US District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Cudd to two months probation, a $5,000 fine, and ordered her to pay $500 in restitution which her attorney said Cudd already paid.

Tuesday, prosecutors had filed a motion arguing that Cudd may have “repudiated” her plea agreement when she told a probation officer during a presentencing interview that she didn’t realize she broke the law when she entered the Capitol. Prosecutors argued that her comments flew in the face of her guilty plea.

Accusing the government of “gamesmanship,” defense attorney Marina Medvin suggested prosecutors were recommending jail time, not because of Cudd’s actions, but because of her political views.

To make her point, Medvin compared the DOJ’s decision not to even charge other protesters, like those who broke into the Portland federal courthouse or the ones who disrupted the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

It was the right argument to make to Judge McFadden, who has repeatedly made the same comparisons himself during other hearings for January 6 defendants.

Before delivering his sentence, McFadden said he opposed “aggregate justice” and said the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for Cudd was “disproportionate” to other defendants who committed similar offenses.

McFadden acknowledged that it appeared the government “had two different standards here, and I can’t abide by that.”

During her sentencing, Cudd offered a brief statement where she vowed to continue fighting for “free, fair, and transparent elections.” She said she suffered financial and social consequences from her arrest, including threats against her and her business.

Cudd also expressed regret that the riot disrupted the debate and challenges to the certification of the electoral college votes, saying the country would be “very different” if the debate had not been disrupted.