A lawyer representing a 61-year-old man was indicted for breaching the Capitol on January 6thy. The man is facing 8 charges from that day. but his lawyer wants the government to produce a video from that day that will exonerate the defendant.
Attorney Marina Medvin, representing John Steven Anderson, is arguing that the vi9deo is vital to her client’s case. The feds claim that the video is being held back due to national security.
That’s funny. They produce a video of Anderson working his way to the front of the barrier, but not the video before that where he was sprayed with a chemical agent. He said he moved to the front to get medical assistance. But, without the other video, he could be toast.
Medvin is arguing that the video is crucial to her client’s case. She says it “exposes the weakness of their case … and it contradicts the public narrative that the government has put forward.”
There have been many requests for the release of the videos by various defendants. I think that either the video be supplied to defendants that request it or that the charges be dropped.
If the prosecution wants to withhold key evidence, then those charged with a crime cannot possibly get a fair trial, which is exactly what I think the prosecutor wants. It is so much easier to convict someone if you withhold exculpatory evidence.
Sixteen news organizations that call themselves The Press Coalition is attempting to get the videos released as well. They have taken legal action to get their hands on the video.
Medvin’s recent filing was supporting the suit brought by the press.
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“[The Press Coalition] want to dispute a government contention that a video clip from a closed-circuit TV camera should be exempt from release under a protective order Medvin previously opposed,” The Florida Times-Union explained in a report published Monday. “The order applies to video the government has labeled ‘highly sensitive,’ but the news organizations note Medvin has called it ‘highly exculpatory’ and that still images from the video have already been included in public filings.”
“Especially when weighed against the public’s interest in viewing evidence that the defendant claims is exculpatory, the government cannot justify maintaining its designation of the video as highly sensitive,” the news coalition argued.
Medvin argued last week that her 61-year-old client, who faces an eight-count indictment that includes charges of theft of government property, civil disorder and assaulting or impeding officers, only approached police after he was sprayed with some chemical that triggered an asthma attack.