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Gavin M. Wax

NCLU Chairman John M. Pierce Bests DOJ Twice In One Week In Major January 6th Sentencing Successes

Over the course of three days in late July, NCLU Chairman John M. Pierce beat back Department of Justice efforts to incarcerate two January 6th defendants who had pleaded guilty to non-violent charges. In the case of United States v. Michael Gianos, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of 18 U.S.C. § 1752(a)(1), Entering and Remaining in a Restricted or Grounds, a Class A misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum one-year imprisonment. Despite engaging in no violence or property destruction that day and taking responsibility for his actions, the DOJ still sought to imprison Mr. Gianos for three months. One reason is that he wore a Gadsden-flag “Don’t Tread On Me” hooded sweatshirt. Because the sweatshirt coincidentally was the same colors (black and yellow) as the purported Proud Boys “colors,” the DOJ argued this somehow supported a three-month prison sentence. However, Pierce was able to persuade the District Court Judge that considering all the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gianos’ conduct that day and his personal characteristics, he should not be incarcerated for any period. Rather, he was sentenced only to a short home detention and probation period.

A couple of days later, sentencing occurred in the case of United States v. Timothy Hart; the defendant pleaded guilty to 18 U.S.C. § 231(a)(3), Civil Disorder, a felony with a maximum five-year imprisonment. Despite engaging in no violence or property destruction that day and taking responsibility for his actions, the DOJ sought to imprison Mr. Hart for four months. During a lengthy sentencing hearing that included allocutions from Mr. Hart and his wife, Pierce was able to persuade the District Judge that considering all the circumstances surrounding Mr. Hart’s conduct that day as well as his standing in the community as a small business owner and family man, he should not be incarcerated for any period. Instead, he was sentenced only to a short home detention and probation period.

These results further establish an unprecedented track record of success for NCLU-affiliated attorneys in January 6th cases, including representing the most January 6th defendants and defeating at least 14 counts, which have included jury acquittals on Obstructions of Official Proceedings and Seditious Conspiracy in some of the most high-profile January 6th cases to date.

The NCLU Joins the Free Speech Alliance

The National Constitutional Law Union (NCLU) proudly announces that we have recently joined the Free Speech Alliance, a subsidiary of the Media Research Center.

The Free Speech Alliance (FSA) comprises more than 130 organizations and individuals who oppose silencing conservative voices on social media.

The NCLU hopes this partnership will help strengthen the NCLU and FSA’s shared vision to tackle the following:

  1. Amending Section 230 so it no longer abets Big Tech censorship of conservatives.
  2. Stop the federal government and Silicon Valley from colluding to silence opposition.
  3. Protect children from predatory practices online.
  4. Use antitrust legislation as needed.
  5. Protect users’ data privacy from invasive policies of social media companies.
  6. Work to end woke ESG standards that harm American businesses.

Conservatives are under attack. Conservatives face an existential crisis as social media giants, in collaboration with the radical Left, root out and silence conservative speech on their platforms and across the Internet. This is the worst threat to free speech our country has ever faced.

The conservative movement’s future depends on our ability to communicate our message. If Facebook, Twitter, and Google censor conservatives on the Internet, the modern-day public square, everything conservatives have fought for is at risk. The Left will control the narrative. The Internet is truly the new battleground for liberal media bias.

For the last several years, Silicon Valley has grown more powerful, and they are abusing that power to censor conservative thought, individuals, and organizations. Big Tech’s power over our public dialogue threatens our Constitutional Republic. This must stop. This problem will not improve until conservatives draw a line in the sand and reject the toxic influence of Big Tech cash. Big Tech money is politically toxic waste.

The National Constitutional Law Union will continue seeking partnerships and coalitions with like-minded organizations to further our core mission.

The NCLU Subpoenas Members of Congress

In a dramatic turn of events, attorneys led by John M. Pierce, Chairman of the National Constitutional Law Union (NCLU), have issued subpoenas to several members of Congress, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Jim Jordan. The subpoenas come as part of the ongoing efforts by the NCLU to uncover the truth behind the events that unfolded on the fateful day of January 6th, and they signal a significant escalation in the investigation’s intensity.

John M. Pierce, Chairman of the NCLU, stated, “We are fully committed to pursuing justice and uncovering the truth about what transpired during the January 6th Capitol riot. Our aim is to ensure accountability for all those involved, regardless of their positions or affiliations.”

Roger I. Roots, an NCLU-affiliated attorney, added, “The issuance of these subpoenas marks a critical phase in our pursuit of transparency and accountability. Our legal team is dedicated to a thorough and impartial investigation to uphold the principles of justice and safeguard our democracy.”

Roots further emphasized, “It is imperative that all Members of Congress who have received these subpoenas cooperate fully with the investigation. By doing so, we can work towards healing the wounds caused by the events of January 6th and uphold the integrity of our democratic institutions.”

The NCLU, known for its unwavering dedication to upholding the rule of law and promoting transparency in governance, is determined to conduct a thorough and impartial inquiry into the events surrounding the January 6th riot.

The NCLU is currently representing over 37 January 6th defendants who are facing prosecution in the aftermath of the Capitol riot. The NCLU is committed to ensuring that each defendant receives fair and just treatment under the law.

As the investigation unfolds, our nation faces a critical moment of reflection on the principles that underpin our democracy. The pursuit of truth and accountability is paramount to ensuring that such events never recur, and it is crucial that all parties, including elected officials, cooperate fully with the legal process.

One of the issued subpoenas states, “You are hereby commanded to produce all documents, records, electronic communications, and any other relevant information pertaining to communications with individuals involved in the January 6th Capitol riot or related activities. You are also commanded to appear for a deposition and provide sworn testimony regarding your actions and knowledge leading up to and during the events of January 6th.”

These subpoenas represent the first time in which members of Congress have been subpoenaed to testify for a January 6th trial.

At the National Constitutional Law Union, we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting the fair and thorough investigation into the January 6th Capitol riot. Our mission is to promote transparency, accountability, and justice in all matters concerning our nation’s governance.

We will continue to closely monitor the developments in this investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the events of January 6th, and we stand united in our commitment to upholding the principles that make our nation strong.

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