Jessica Watkins, the guardian of the oath who was sworn in and attempted to rush into the U.S. Capitol, demanded that she be released from prison and awaiting trial, saying that she had been “treated severely” and was in a state of The danger of “special custody”. She also argued that she did not threaten the public, but went to the Capitol because “she believes the President of the United States is calling her.”
Watkins, 38 years old, served in Afghanistan and was an Army Ranger who was “forced to withdraw from the army after discovering his sexual orientation,” her lawyer wrote in a family detention motion filed Saturday night. Watkins claimed in the petition that in a county jail in Ohio, she was naked and undressed and “placed in a lighted cell 24 hours a day for 4 days, everyone can see.”
Watkins has been held in at least two locations since his arrest, including the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio. A spokesperson for the county sheriff’s office in charge of prison management said she could not immediately comment. It is not clear where Watkins will be held on Saturday night.
Watkins ran a bar called Jolly Roger (Jolly Roger) in Woodstock, Ohio. He took office on January 17 and was arrested. She is facing the most serious charges in the January 6 riots.
A grand jury has indicted her, and eight people associated with an extremist organization fell in Congress in “organized and skilled fashion”, from certifying that Biden was elected president to prevent Congressional Oath Guardians.
Wearing full tactical gear, Watkins joined the team of Oath Keepers, who passed through the mob outside the Capitol, climbed the stairs, and finally entered the building. The prosecutor obtained news and videotapes in which she seemed ecstatic about what happened that day.
“Yes. We rushed into the Capitol building today,” she wrote in a message posted to the social app Parler. “The whole person was gasped. 9. Drive into the Rotunda. Even into the Senate. News about the historical events we created today is lying (even Fox).
The prosecutor accused Watkins of being a member of an organized oath organization and accused them of conspiring to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.
Court documents show that as early as November 9th-less than a week after the election-Watkins sent text messages inviting people to participate in the basic training of his group in Ohio, telling one person, “I need you to breathe. Fight disease [sic]. “
But Watkins’ lawyer, federal public defense attorney Michelle Peterson (Michelle Peterson) argued that she did not pose a threat and should be allowed to return home with GPS monitoring equipment awaiting trial.
According to Peterson, Watkins has no history of violence and no history of convictions, and although she admitted to entering the Capitol, she “did not destroy anything…or did not carry out any property destruction, which is actually encouraging others. People don’t want to destroy”.
The public defender also pointed out that during the Capitol, Watkins talked to police officers, obeyed their orders, and “participated in medical rescue operations against injured persons during the event.” Watkins is a former ex- The firefighter and EMT worked for several years in the local fire department in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The filing stated that when Watkins learned that she was about to be questioned, “it took nearly eight hours to drive to the local police for help.”
According to court documents, when she did this, the authorities did not even know that she was wanted because her arrest warrant had not yet entered the national system.
The prosecutor argued in a document last week that she should stay in jail, and the prosecutor believes that Watkins founded the Ohio State Militia in 2019 and is a member of the Oath Guardians’ fees. At this moment, he is a key person who put the violent actions that Congress overwhelmed into action. “
They added that Watkins “formed part of the most extreme insurgents who conspired and then tried to execute a complicated plan to forcefully prevent the results of the presidential election from taking effect.”
Watkins argued that Trump induced her to go to the Capitol. Her lawyer wrote: “Despite being misled, she believes she supports the Constitution and her government by providing security services at a rally organized by Mr. Trump and Republican lawmakers who support his goals.”
Last week, a federal judge rejected a request for the release of Virginia man Thomas Caldwell. He was accused of coordinating the raid on the Capitol with Watkins and was charged with her and others. Judge Caldwell “not only poses a threat to the community but also to the democratic structure,” Judge Amit Mehta said.