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Judge Convicts Man Who Carried Confederate Flag in Capitol Attack

A Delaware man who waved a Confederate flag at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was convicted Wednesday along with his son by a federal judge of the highest count of their charge of obstructing certification of the 2020 presidential election.

The two men, Kevin and Hunter Seefried, were also found guilty on trial in court by Judge Trevor N. McFadden for four felonies, including disorderly conduct and illegally entering a restricted area.

The day-long trial, in the Federal District Court in Washington, was the eighth case related to the January 6 attack to go to trial. In seven of the cases, defendants have been found guilty – often with exceptionally rapid deliberations – of crimes such as obstruction of justice, theft of property and trespassing. One case, also heard by Judge McFadden, resulted in a full acquittal.

At the Seefrieds trial, prosecutors claimed the father and son were among the first wave of rioters who broke through the Capitol on Jan. 6 and climbed in through a broken window at the door of the Senate wing that other assailants had just captured. shattered. Hunter Seefried had been charged with helping to break the window by picking out a shard of glass left in the frame, but Judge McFadden acquitted him of the count.

A key witness at the trial was Officer Eugene Goodman, whose actions on the day of the attack were captured in a widely circulated video recorded by a reporter at the Capitol. Officer Goodman, who was later honored with a special invitation to President Biden’s inauguration, was instrumental in leading a mob of rioters away from lawmakers in the House and Senate chambers.

During his time in the stands, Officer Goodman testified that some rioters sprayed him with what he thought was bear spray, threw objects at him, and tried to shake him and other officers off the scaffolding. He also said he vomited in response to the tear gas fired by Washington’s Metropolitan Police when they arrived to reinforce the Capitol Police, which had been overrun.

“It looked like something out of the Middle Ages, where you see a big force fighting another force,” Officer Goodman said.

Officer Goodman also testified that he had tried to prevent Kevin Seefried from entering the Senate Chamber and that Mr. Seefried “poked” at him three times with the Confederate flag.

The obstruction count for which both men were convicted carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but rioters found guilty of the crime have received much shorter sentences.

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