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Judge erupts at Jan. 6 defendant who refused mask: 'You don't make the rules'

The Hill
The Hill
 2021-07-31
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A federal judge on Friday told off a Capitol riot defendant who refused to wear a mask during his hearing, telling the defendant “You don’t make the rules.”

The confrontation took place during a hearing for defendant Daniel Goodwyn, according The Washington Post. He pleaded not guilty in April to five charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot.

According to court records, prosecutors were trying to revoke Goodwyn’s pretrial release over his behavior, including repeatedly flouting orders to wear a mask.

During Friday’s hearing, Goodwyn’s attorney, Daniel Hull, explained to Judge Reggie Walton that Goodwyn had autism, which makes it harder for him to wear masks, the Post reported.

But when asked why he wouldn’t wear one, Goodwyn simply said “it stresses me out,” adding “I believe I would not cause someone to die by not wearing a mask.”

Instead of locking him up, Walton decided to order Goodwyn to wear a mask whenever he meets with pretrial services or appears in court, according to the newspaper.

But Walton was clear: “If you can’t do that I’m going to have no alternative [but] to lock you up and keep you locked up until this case is resolved.”

“They don’t have to put their lives at risk, they don’t have to, and they will not,” Walton continued, referring to court staff.

Goodwyn replied: “I understand [but] I’m not going to do that, sir.” He added that Texas doesn’t require masks indoors.

“I don’t care what the law in Texas is,” Walton fired back. “You don’t make the rules. You will be arrested.”

When Goodwyn was arrested at his parent’s home in Texas, the FBI learned that at least one person in the home believed they had COVID-19.

When agents placed a mask on his face, Goodwyn “attempted to chew through the mask and spit the mask out,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

Goodwyn was released to home confinement in February. But prosecutors said he repeatedly refuses to wear a mask, show up to meetings or report his location.

Since his arrest, Goodwyn has “flouted the conditions, making clear that he does not appreciate the privilege of pretrial release provided to him by the Court,” prosecutors said.

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lekina
07-31

I don’t understand why they’re not prosecuting the people who burn down half the cities in this country and killed people looted and riot and they’re still doing it and nothing is being done about it.

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NoGuts NoGlory
07-31

There's no documentation this guy suffers from autism or Asperger's, as his mother claims. The court is already bending over backwards for him by holding pretrial meetings at his home. That's the reason he said Texas doesn't require masks indoors. It's worth noting he also refuses to reveal his vaccination status. If wearing a mask is so confining it 'stresses him out' he ought to consider how he's going to react to being locked in a tiny isolation cell until trial. Because that's where he's headed if the insolence and belligerence continues.

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Guest
07-31

There needs to be a laughing button on here because some of these comments really are a joke. Can sure tell who the Trumpers are! SMDH

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