Several New Jersey residents face charges related to riot at US Capitol
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the riot at the United States Capitol.
A large group of protesters and supporters of former President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, allegedly in an attempt to stop Congress from counting electoral college votes following the November 2020 presidential election.
Several New Jersey residents have faced charges in that riot.
Scott Fairlamb was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his admitted role in the riot. He pleaded guilty to a list of offenses, including assaulting a federal officer. The U.S. attorney used photos of Fairlamb from that day as evidence.
Attorney Harley Breite represented Fairlamb in the plea deal.
“At the time of his sentencing, Scott Fairlamb cried alleged tears of remorse to the judge. And the judge sentenced him to less than what the government was asking. Right after that, Mr. Fairlamb filed an appeal claiming he’d been mistreated by the entire demonic system,” Breite says.
Breite will not represent Fairlamb in his appeal. He calls the appeal “ridiculous” and “frivolous.” But he is representing two other northern New Jersey residents – James Breheny and Sean Price. Both were charged with entering the Capitol and other nonviolent offenses.
“Not everyone there that day is charged with insurrection. Everything from trespassing to causing physical violence. So, there is a range of charges for every individual,” Breite says.
He says that while he is outraged by the violent attack, he says that all of the accused deserve a fair trial to ensure justice.
“There are many good people who went there that day, and they didn’t do anything wrong. And many good people who went there that day and made a simple mistake, and we have to take all of that into consideration and not just throw people into a category. That’s a very dangerous thing to do in a civilized society,” Breite says.
He says that as he continues to dig into the charges and evidence against his clients, he is impressed with his opposition. He says that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is fair, honest and professional.
Breheny and Price both face up to 10 years in federal prison if found guilty. They are scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 1 for a status conference.
Fairlamb faced up to 20 years in prison if he didn't take the deal, which he is now appealing.