County Commissioner Cuoy Griffin – from Otero County, New Mexico – stood on the outside deck of the US Capitol on January 6th. Griffin is a former pastor and the founder of the Facebook group “Cowboys for Trump.” Griffin grabbed a bullhorn and led the crowd of peaceful protesters in prayer. He stayed in the same spot outside the building for about 90 minutes and then left.
Prosecutors messed up Griffin’s case pretty badly this week. In an obscure court filing, the Biden regime’s deputy US Attorneys admitted that the reason why they’re hiding videos of January 6 from the courts is because those videos might exonerate most of the jailed protesters.
Cuoy Griffin is not one of the jailed protesters. He’s been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. (Apparently praying in public is disorderly conduct under the Biden regime.) Griffin was held in a federal lockup for three weeks before his arraignment on February 5th.
The prosecutors argued that Griffin should be detained indefinitely until his trial sometime in 2022, like dozens of other protesters. But the prosecutors messed that up back in February, too. They told the judge that Griffin should be held indefinitely because he holds obscure views about the size of the federal government. Whoops. The judge didn’t buy it. We don’t actually detain people indefinitely in America for their political beliefs, so he let Griffin out.
(Can we get these same bumbling prosecutors working on the rest of the cases against the peaceful protesters? Asking for about 500 of my friends.)
Otherwise, I wouldn’t even be telling you Cuoy Griffin’s name. The jailed protesters who get caught complaining to the outside world about their condition in the DC jail receive extra beatings from their guards.
In their case against Griffin, the FBI and prosecutors provided two screenshots from videos that show him on the deck outside the Capitol building. Chief Judge Beryl Howell – the same judge who released Griffin back in February – asked the prosecutors some important questions: Why was he only being shown screenshots from videos of Griffin? Where’s the whole video in context?
The prosecutors working for the Biden regime responded to the questions in a filing this week. It was written down and it’s publicly available, and some savvy attorneys caught the response. That response is important, because it makes three really big admissions, which I’ve put in boldface here:
“Although we are aware that we possess some information that the defense may view as supportive of arguments that law enforcement authorized defendants (including Defendant) to enter the restricted grounds, e.g., images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks, we are not in a position to state whether we have identified all such information.”
That’s quite an admission.
Translated into plain English, Biden’s prosecutors are saying that they can’t show anyone the surveillance and police bodycam videos from January 6th, because there might be things in the videos that prove that the Trump supporters are innocent.
This admission could even be construed as prosecutorial misconduct. If a prosecutor finds exculpatory evidence in the course of an investigation (evidence that could prove a defendant is innocent), that prosecutor is REQUIRED BY LAW to release that evidence to defense attorneys during discovery. These dummies just admitted that they are withholding exculpatory evidence from Cuoy Griffin’s attorneys.
Plus, pause for a moment to consider the three things the prosecutors admitted that they DO have in their possession in this filing:
They have images of cops hugging and fist-bumping protesters; images of cops posing for selfies with protesters; and images of cops removing the bike rack barricades that allowed Cuoy Griffin and other peaceful protesters to walk onto the deck of the US Capitol.
We already suspected this, of course. Prosecutors have been adamant that the 14,000 hours of surveillance video from the Capitol on January 6th is just too sensitive for judges or the public to see. But judges and the public should totally trust them when it comes to the cases that they are presenting against the protesters. “Just trust us!”
These are the same sorts of people who will look you in the eye with a straight face and say there was no evidence of vote fraud back in November – and no, you can’t audit the results!