Capitol Hill Riot: Man photographed in Nancy Pelosi’s office convicted

A U.S. man who posed for photographs with his feet on the desk of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill riot has been convicted of all eight charges.
FILE - Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of then-U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol Hill riot, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

FILE - Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of then-U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol Hill riot, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

Capitol Hill Riot

A U.S. man who posed for photographs with his feet on the desk of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill riot has been convicted of all eight charges.

A jury in Washington Monday convicted Richard Barnett on charges including civil disorder, interfering with police officers and obstructing an official government proceeding.

Photographs of Barnett, who is from the southern state of Arkansas, were among some of the memorable images of the day when Congress convened to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3, 2020, presidential election.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>FILE - Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of then-U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol Hill riot, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.</p></div>
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While in Pelosi’s office, Barnett took an envelope the speaker had addressed to another member of Congress and left a note for the congresswoman that included a profanity.

Barnett was convicted of theft for taking the envelope, as well as concealing a dangerous weapon — a stun gun he carried in a collapsible walking stick.

The defendant took the stand in his own defense during his two-week trial in U.S. District Court in Washington.

After the verdict, Barnett told reporters outside the courtroom that his conviction was an “injustice” and said he would appeal. He cited the judge’s decision to reject his request to move the trial from Washington to Arkansas.

“This is not a jury of my peers,” he said.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>FILE - Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of then-U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol Hill riot, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.</p></div>
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Lawyers for Barnett argued that their client did not know that Congress was certifying Biden’s victory on the day of the riot and said Barnett was pushed into the Capitol by the mass of people.

Prosecutors accused Barnett of repeatedly lying on the witness stand and said he had a history of attending political demonstrations with weapons.

Barnett will be sentenced in May and remain on home detention in Arkansas until then. (KB/VOA)

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