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Capitol Riot Pleas and Sentencing

Yesterday a Trump supporter from Florida, Paul Allard Hodgkins was the first defendant charged with a felony to be sentenced for the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Judge Randolph Moss imposed a prison term of 8 months, less than the 18 months the government requested. Before sentence was imposed, Hodgkins addressed the judge telling him that he had stopped drinking, joined a church, gave blood, was doing community service and participating in a therapy program.

It also seems that Hodgkins is a cat lover.

Last month another participant in the Capitol riot, 49-year-old grandmother Anna Morgan-Lloyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to probation.

Sentencing of Anna Morgan-Lloyd for her part in January 6 attack on US Capitol / judge Royce Lamberth

In what is being called the largest criminal investigation in US history over 500 people have been charged. And with tens of thousands of hours of video evidence these cases will drag on for a long time to come.

US District judge Amit Mehta holds hearing for dozen Oath Keepers

Proud Boy Charles Donohoe arraignment via zoom

Proud Boys leaders Ethan Nordean and Joe Biggs appear via zoom before US District judge Timothy J. Kelly

 

 

The End Is Nigh . . .

. . . for a most unusual SCOTUS term. And, while I hate to admit it, it’s been kinda fun sketching at home from photos of lawyers arguing their case in more casual settings. It will be interesting to return to the courtroom, as expected, in the fall.

Here are the last sketches from this term, April’s arguments plus the one in early May. I’ll probably do a couple more banners between now and when the last opinion is announced. That’s it, I hope, till October in-person.

Amy M. Saharia for petitioners

Jeffrey Fisher, joined by students from Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, arguing on behalf of Michael Gary.

Daniel L. Geyser for petitioners

Robert N. Hochman for petitioner

Matthew M. Wolf for respondents

Aimee A. Feinberg, California Deputy Solicitor General

Derek L. Shafer for petitioners

 

Bradley N. Garcia, appointed by the Court

Peter D. Keisler for petitioners

Matthew W. Morrison for private respondents

Lisa S. Blatt for petitioner

Jeremy M. Feigenbaum, New Jersey State Solicitor

Andrew L. Adler for petitioner

The justices, all now fully vaccinated, recently sat for an official portrait. The SCOTUSblog banner above was based on that photo. Interestingly another photo taken at the same time shows a wider view of the room including a portrait of Chief Justice Roger Taney, author of the infamous Dred Scott opinion. I originally had included the Taney portrait — see below — but was persuaded that it might be confusing.

SCOTUS March Madness

Late as lately usual, here are some sketches from the March arguments which continue to be heard remotely by telephone. Just in time for the April sitting beginning Monday.

Joshua P. Thompson for petitioners

California Solicitor General Michael J. Mongan

Eric R. Henkel, appointed by the Court

Shay Dvoretzky for petitioner

Kannon K. Shanmugam for petitioners

Samuel Issacharoff for respondent

Jeffery L. Kessler for respondents

 

 

 

Very Few February Sketches

Other than the Arizona voting case it was a pretty quiet calendar for the SCOTUS February sitting. This month will be pretty much the same, but April looks to pick up the pace. And I’m getting fat and lazy.

Neal K. Katyal for respondent

David J. Zimmer for respondent

Jeffrey Fisher, with law students, arguing for petitioner

Samuel T. Harbourt, California Deputy Solicitor General

Amanda K. Rice, Court-appointed amicus in support of judgement below

Mark A. Perry arguing for Smith & Nephew, Inc. in Arthrex

Jessica R. Amunson for repondent Secretary Hobbs

Sarah M. Harris for petitioners

 

January SCOTUS Sketches – A Little Late

Fencing surrounds SCOTUS following mob attack on capitol.

January was a little crazy here in DC so maybe I’ll be forgiven for forgetting to post these sketches in a timely manner. Fewer cases than usual were on the calendar, and arguments continued to be heard remotely by telephone.

Paul W. Hughes for respondents

Andrew A. Pinson for respondents

Kristen K. Waggoner for petitioners

Joel R. Marcus arguing for FTC

Kannon K. Shanmugam for petitioners

Victor M. Sher for respondents