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Capitol riot defendant asks court to dismiss case against him

Oct 04, 2021 5:45 am

Amanda Burke is reporting for The Berkshire Eagle that a Pittsfield, Mass. man accused of taking part in the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot wants his case dismissed on the grounds that the government’s case lacks facts. Lawyers for Troy E. Sargent September 30, filed motions requesting the court dismiss the six counts filed against their client by the federal government. Defense attorneys Joshua Hanye and Wade Zolynski argue the federal indictment charging Sargent is invalid, alleging prosecutors failed to detail how he may have violated the law, in violation of the Constitution and the rules of criminal procedure, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. “The indictment makes no factual allegations, except to specify the date and location,” and is therefore fatal to the government's case, the lawyers wrote. Sargent has been charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing and impeding federal officers, as well as obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder and willfully and knowingly engaging in physical violence on Capitol grounds. Sargent has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The case against Sargent was built around his own social media accounts and police video. Read the full story in The Berkshire Eagle.