“Blood Of Jesus” Rioter Found Guilty Of Weapon Felony

Politico reports:

A federal judge on Friday ruled that a Jan. 6 defendant — who said he surged onto the Senate floor to “plead the blood of Jesus” and absolve the chamber of evil spirits — could not be convicted of obstruction of Congress’ joint session, the most serious felony charge he faced.

After a weeklong bench trial, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Joshua Black had a “unique stew in his mind” that left her uncertain whether he was aware that his actions were unlawful. Black is the first Jan. 6 defendant who reached the Senate floor to be acquitted of the obstruction charge.

Jackson found Black guilty of other charges he faced, including disorderly conduct in a restricted building while carrying a dangerous weapon — a knife — a felony that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. By the time he arrived at the Capitol, Black believed that the certification of the election had ended, Jackson noted.

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