Newburgh insurrectionist wants out of jail
Chris McKenna reports in the Times Herald-Record that Edward Lang, a 26-year-old man arrested at his Newburgh apartment in January for trying to overthrow the country at the Jan. 6 insurrection in the nation's capitol, wants out of jail. He asked a federal judge to release him, or at least let him have a laptop. Lang allegedly fought for almost two and a half hours with besieged officers defending a Capitol entrance against the rioters. Photos of Lang show him wearing a gas mask and swinging an aluminum baseball bat at police and holding a police riot shield that he stole, and he is charged with 11 counts. More than 570 people, so far, have been charged with crimes associated with the insurrection. His lawyers claim he poses no public danger or flight risk, and they say the jail staff has put him in solitary confinement for long periods and abused him. "Lang’s physical abuse includes being dragged, shoved, denied regular shower access, and getting an entire can of mace in his face, while standing inside of (his) cell with photos and a bible in his hand," attorneys Martin Tankleff and Steven Metcalf wrote to the court. Prosecutors have yet to respond to this motion but have said that, "He armed himself and assaulted law enforcement with the intent to unlawfully enter the U.S. Capitol and stop the functioning of our government as it met to certify election results," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Jackson. On Sept. 15, Judge Carl Nichols of U.S. District Court in Washington will hold his next conference on the case, and may rule then on the matter. Read more about this story in the Times Herald-Record.