Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett was arrested on January 8 for his role in the US Capitol riot two days earlier
A Capitol rioter asks for donations to his legal fund by selling photos of himself with his feet in Nancy Pelosi’s desk for $100.
Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas, set up a website asking for money and sending personally autographed photos of himself from the January 6 uprising.
The website reads: “The photo of Richard Barnett on Chairman Pelosi’s desk has become the face of the new anti-federalist movement.”
In addition, “as a token of his appreciation for contributions of $25 or more,” Barnett will email a copy of the police report leading to his release from prison, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
His attorney Joseph McBridge said, “We are raising funds to ensure a solid defense against the largest prosecution in the storied history of the Justice Department, because the poor and middle classes must not lose on the legal battlefield for lack of funds.”
Barnett was reportedly armed with a stun gun when he broke into Pelosi’s office and left her a note calling her a “biatch.”
Barnett solicits donations for his legal fund by selling photos of himself with his feet in Nancy Pelosi’s desk for $100
On his fundraising website, he claims: “On January 4, 2021, Richard Barnett left for Washington, DC, to make his advocacy of independence from tyranny because, like many other Americans, he believed the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election was an unbearable one.
On January 6, Richard marched to the Capitol after President Trump’s speech ended, not because President Trump asked him to, but because Richard wanted to exercise his First Amendment right to petition his administration for the complaint’s reinstatement. and make his voice heard .’
He said he was “dragged through the open doors” by the crowd and “landed” into Pelosi’s office where he “put his feet on one of the desks, smiled for the reporter’s camera and left her a non-threatening note that the prosecutors deliberately misquoted in court documents’.
Barnett claims his actions were not criminal and were merely a legitimate protest, claiming he did not hurt or harm anyone.
He went through the Democratic speaker’s mail and left her a message
He continued: “Richard also asks for the support of those who object to the narrative that the 75 million people who voted for President Trump are uneducated, uneducated, ignorant, voiceless, penniless and scared.
‘He asks for the support of those’ [who] agree with the absolute fact that the vast majority of people who went to the Capitol on January 6th did so peacefully and did not participate in an uprising. In fact, no one has ever been accused of rebellion.’
He was released from prison last month after filing a bizarre motion comparing himself to Black Lives Matter protesters.
“The events that took place on January 6, 2021 did not occur in a vacuum,” Barnett’s legal motion reads.
“On May 25, 2020, the world saw on national television how George Floyd was assassinated by the government.
‘Immediately afterwards, protests broke out in the United States. People just had enough, and for a moment the whole world agreed that Black Lives Mattered more than ever before.”
Defense attorneys representing Barnett now claim he wrote “biatch” instead of “b****,” which they say isn’t so bad
The legal motion continued: “Out of a tragedy, something very beautiful began to happen. Change was coming – and it would happen through us.’
The judge asked McBridge to “clarify” its connection to BLM protests, and McBride replied that the 2020 US Capitol MAGA riots were preceded by several protests. He said those arrested during BLM demonstrations were released.
The judge replied that he did not see the relevance to Barnett’s case, but he ruled on Tuesday that Barnett should be placed under house arrest.
In his effort to overturn a previous court ruling that kept Barnett in prison pending trial, his attorney claimed he poses no threat to society because he uses the word “biatch” and not “b***.” *’ in his letter to the speaker.
The government claims the letter read, “Hey Nancy, Bigo was here b****,” but defense attorneys claim it actually read, “Hey Nancy, Bigo was here biatch.”
‘On information and persuasion, the ‘d’ was meant to be two letters, a ‘c’ and ‘h’; with the ‘c’ connected to the ‘h’ to spell ‘biatch’, which is slang and less offensive to ‘b****,’ the lawyers write.
They included a link to a definition for the term from FreeDictionary.com in their motion.
The website defines “biatch” as “rude slang, a variant of b**** used as an expression of affection or contempt for another person.”
“As such,” the motion continues, “Richard is now asking this court to look past and ultimately ignore the government’s distorted representations, which do not rise to the level of ‘danger’ and grant Richard early release as required by the law.’
The claim stands in stark contrast to a video shot after the raid in which Arkansas Barnett was proud to see him write, “Nancy, Bigo was here b****.”
But the attorneys representing Barnett in federal court went on to allege in their Friday motion that the government deliberately distorted the verbiage of the note because it could not legally hold him.
“The government’s misrepresentation of Exhibit 7 is its latest deliberate attempt to mislead this court by portraying Mr Barnett in the worst possible light to ensure that no provisional release is granted in this case,” the attorneys wrote in the motion.
“The government has also totally failed to demonstrate a specific articulated future danger to the community.”
Barnett did not coordinate or plan the attack on the Capitol, they claim, claiming that the tranquilizer gun he allegedly carried was really just a “collapsible walking stick.”
The two attorneys sought his release until trial on federal charges of knowingly entering or staying in a prohibited building or property without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper agreed with Barnett’s attorneys that federal prosecutors failed to demonstrate that he posed a threat to public safety.
Barnett’s release comes with several conditions, including house arrest. He must wear an anklet at all times and cannot travel outside a 50-mile radius of his hometown of Gravette, Arkansas.
Barnett is also not allowed to possess firearms or other weapons. His passport has been revoked and he cannot apply for a new passport.
He is also not allowed to associate with anyone from the January 6 riots in the United States Capitol.
In his plea for Barnett’s release, McBride also claimed that Barnett removed the batteries from a walking stick tranquilizer rifle that he allegedly carried with him to the Capitol.
Cooper disputed McBride’s claim, asking how he could know.
McBride said the government has not yet provided evidence that the tranquilizer rifle, which was never recovered, had its lights on on Jan. 6.
Barnett was arrested for his role in the January 8 riot in Bentonville, Arkansas, and has been in a DC federal detention center ever since.