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Hundreds of those who participated in the Capitol riots last January 6 are now facing charges from minor offenses to major ones. Recently, federal prosecutors now revealed that a man representing some of the insurrectionists that have been charged is actually not a licensed lawyer.
Law and Crime reports that federal prosecutors revealed that a man named Ryan Marshall has been appearing in court to represent the insurrectionists after his boss, a known right-wing attorney John Pierce, is reportedly hospitalized due to COVID-19. Assistant US Attorney Anne McNamara recently wrote a notice to the court this week, revealing that Marshall is not a licensed attorney and therefore is not qualified to represent the insurrectionists in their trials.
“For roughly the past week, Ryan Marshall -- an associate from Mr. Pierce’s law firm who is not a licensed attorney -- has been appearing in Mr. Pierce’s place at court hearings and meetings with the government,” McNamara wrote. “Because Mr. Pierce is unavailable and Mr. Marshall cannot ethically or legally represent Mr. Pierce’s clients, the government is making the Court aware of Mr. Pierce’s reported illness so that it can take any steps it believes necessary to ensure the defendant’s rights are adequately protected while Mr. Pierce remains hospitalized.”
Aside from not being a licensed attorney, Marshall is also facing felony charges in two other cases. Marshall was charged for allegedly defrauding a widow and her late husband and he was also charged in 2020 for conspiracy, theft, as well as tampering of public records.
Meanwhile, the House committee tasked with investigating the insurrection that left five people dead and dozens injured also sought to obtain phone records from several members of Congress suspected of involvement in the insurrection. This also includes Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, as well as the disgraced former President himself, Donald Trump. To note, Jordan recently admitted to having spoken with Trump several times as the riots transpired.
According to former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi, Jordan has now backed himself into a corner regarding what he may know about the Capitol insurrection behind the scenes. In a panel for MSNBC discussing a possible repeat of the January 6 insurrection on September 18, Figliuzzi said that there is a good reason for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reject Jordan to be on the bipartisan panel.
“I think we now know why Nancy Pelosi had to reject Jim Jordan,” said the former FBI official. “He is a fact witness and he’s going to get a very complicated future ahead of him.”