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Female Capitol rioter is spared jail time after judge notes ‘she showed up in a tutu’ #Female #Capitol #rioter #spared #jail #time #judge #notes #showed #tutu

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A federal judge spared a female Capitol rioter jail time Tuesday, noting the woman ‘showed up in a tutu’ on January 6, and not military gear like so many others.     

She ‘showed up in a tutu, not – as many did – in military gear,’ Judge Carl Nichols, reasoned Tuesday in a Washington, DC, federal court as he read his ruling regarding 41-year-old Rasha Abual-Ragheb’s role in the attack. 

Instead of a jail sentence, which prosecutors had clamored for, Judge Nichols, 51, handed the single mother-of-two a two-month house arrest order – which Abual-Ragheb will serve within the confines of her Fairfield, New Jersey, home.

Rasha Abual-Ragheb poses with other rioters during the attack on the US Capitol earlier this year

Rasha Abual-Ragheb, 41, pictured at left sporting a tutu during the riots at the Capitol in January and at right posing triumphantly amid other rioters, avoided jail time during a federal hearing concerning her role in the attack Tuesday. She will instead serve house arrest

In addition to the home detention, Abual-Ragheb will serve three years' probation and pay a $500 fine, per Nichols's sentence

In addition to the home detention, Abual-Ragheb will serve three years’ probation and pay a $500 fine, per Nichols’s sentence

LONGEST CAPITOL RIOT SENTENCES:

  1. Jacob Chansley: Chansley, 34, from Arizona, known as the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ was sentenced on November 17 to 41 months in prison for storming the US Capitol while armed with a spear.
  2. Scott Fairlamb: the 44-year-old former MMA fighter from New Jersey was sentenced to 41 months in prison for assaulting a police officer during the January 6 riots.
  3. Troy Smocks: the 58-year-old Dallas resident was sentenced to 14 months in prison for posting threats against the US Congress on Parler, even though he did not enter the Capitol.
  4. Paul Hodgkins: the 38-year-old Florida crane operator was sentenced to 8 months in prison for walking onto the US Senate floor while carrying a red ‘Trump 2020’ flag.

In addition to the home detention, Abual-Ragheb will serve three years’ probation and pay a $500 fine, per Nichols’s sentence.

The ruling came after Rasha Abual-Ragheb sobbed and begged during the nearly 90-minute virtual hearing, pleading with the judge to not administer jail time.

Meanwhile, prosecutors argued that the woman, who had donned the aforementioned ballet dress under red-white-and-blue Uncle Sam-esque attire along with a red, MAGA-style ‘Keep America Great’ hat during the January riots, deserved to serve at least a month in prison for her role in the attacks – which the woman had chronicled through posts on social media.

Crying profusely, the New Jersey mom insisted that her being incarcerated would be a hardship on her two young children, who she said she had to pull out of class and home-school due to bullying following her arrest earlier this year. 

‘I never meant to cause any harm,’ Abual-Ragheb attested in a short-yet-emotional address to Judge Nichols, expressing remorse for her actions moments before her sentencing, after pleading guilty in August to parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol – a misdemeanor. 

Federal prosecutors had contended that the 30-day jail term for Abual-Ragheb was warranted, citing her social media posts that mentioned civil war, showed her bringing guns to the nation’s capital, and displayed an anarchist attitude against the presidency – with her stating that authorities would ‘have to kill her’ to stop her from protesting President Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

‘Civil War is coming,’ Abual-Ragheb wrote days after the contentious January 6 riots at the Capitol, in one of many since-deleted Facebook posts that prosecutors highlighted during Tuesday’s hearing.

In another post, which the single mom had posted after her home state of New Jersey went to Biden, Abual-Ragheb wrote, ‘I won’t stop. They have to kill me.’ 

Federal prosecutor Michael Liebman attempted to use the posts, in which Abual-Ragheb put her political advocacy on full display, to argue that the woman had willfully engaged in an act of brazen terrorism, and deserved prison time

However, Nichol’s subsequent ruling went against this sentiment, letting the woman get off after Abual-Ragheb’s defense lawyer, Elita Amato, attested that her client meant no harm and was engaging in a peaceful protest, citing her get-up as proof. 

Rasha Abual-Ragheb chronicled her part in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol in a series of Facebook posts - with many being since deleted

Rasha Abual-Ragheb chronicled her part in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol in a series of Facebook posts – with many being since deleted

Abual-Ragheb showed off her red-white-and-blue attire along and a red, MAGA-style 'Keep America Great' hat on social media during the riots. In one such post, the single mom wrote, 'I won't stop. They have to kill me,' in reference to her part in the riots

Abual-Ragheb showed off her red-white-and-blue attire along and a red, MAGA-style ‘Keep America Great’ hat on social media during the riots. In one such post, the single mom wrote, ‘I won’t stop. They have to kill me,’ in reference to her part in the riots

Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol

Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol

Abual-Ragheb's indictment. prosecutors argued that the New Jersey woman deserved to serve at least a month in prison for her role in the attacks

Abual-Ragheb’s indictment. prosecutors argued that the New Jersey woman deserved to serve at least a month in prison for her role in the attacks

‘It’s clear that she never intended to participate in a civil war at the Capital because she did not show up wearing a tactical vest, gas mask, ballistic helmet, body armor, radio equipment, military style backpack, shield, or pitchfork or any of the other battle type armament,’ Amato wrote in a court filing earlier this month.

‘Her actions were of a person who came not to cause havoc and not to be violent … but someone who came just to rally and protest,’ Amato added during Tuesday’s hearing.

‘In terms of things that she wrote, either before or after, she recognizes that many of them were stupid.’

Abual-Ragheb smokes a cigarette and chats with other rioters during the January protests. She was sentenced to two months of house arrest for her participation in the January 6 attack

Abual-Ragheb smokes a cigarette and chats with other rioters during the January protests. She was sentenced to two months of house arrest for her participation in the January 6 attack

The single mom's attorney admitted Tuesday that her client has conceded that her politically-driven social media posts during the attacks were 'stupid'

The single mom’s attorney admitted Tuesday that her client has conceded that her politically-driven social media posts during the attacks were ‘stupid’

Nichols admitted during the Tuesday hearing that he was troubled by Abual-Ragheb’s social media posts – but added that he viewed her as ‘relatively mild in comparison to others’ who stormed the Capitol, as he handed her the slight sentence.

Nichols added that it was not appropriate to ‘infer the very worst intentions’ behind the social media posts, and sympathized with Lebanon-born Abual-Ragheb’s assertion that she has a tenuous grasp of the English language.

‘I don’t think it’s reasonable to conclude she was planning to be an active participant in a civil war,’ he concluded.



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