Associated Press
Associated Press 11 Jan 2021

Fla. man seen with lectern in Capitol riot jailed

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A Florida man accused of making off with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern during the chaos of an insurrection at the Capitol was arrested Friday night on a federal warrant. (Jan. 11)


A federal magistrate judge in Tampa agreed to the release Monday at a brief hearing for Adam Johnson, 36, from the nearby community of Parrish.

Johnson was arrested last weekend on charges of government property theft, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and entering a restricted building without lawful authority, according to an arrest warrant.

Johnson has not yet entered a plea to the charges, which were filed in Washington.


Dan Eckhart and David Bigney, lawyers for the man seen in a photograph taken during the insurrection at the US Capitol carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern, say their client is not like many of the other rioters because he loves law enforcement and was not violent.

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FBI Washington Field Office ADIC, Steven D'Antuono said the "brutality" at the U.S. Capitol will "not be tolerated by the FBI." D'Antuono said they are working to arrest and charge people who took part in the destruction and they have opened over 160 case files into the riot probe.
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Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from West Virginia, US.
The Post's Devlin Barrett outlines the potential charges President Trump and his legal team may face for inciting a mob to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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