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Latest Capitol Riot Case Ends with Lengthy Prison Term

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Over the course of the next several months, and perhaps even years, our nation will be inundated with news regarding the fate of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th.  The cases, which already number in the hundreds, are still growing, and the FBI is seeking scores of suspects still.

As the cases are adjudicated, a theme seems to be developing:  Judges handing down sentences far harsher than even prosecutors are seeking.

The trend continued this week as one rioter received a lengthy prison sentence at the culmination of their trial.

A former mixed martial artist filmed punching a police officer during the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol received a 41-month prison sentence on Wednesday, the stiffest punishment yet in the almost 700 criminal cases stemming from the siege.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth cited the seriousness of New Jersey gym owner Scott Fairlamb’s conduct when he sentenced him. Fairlamb was captured screaming at officers by their body-worn cameras before shoving one and then punching him in the face and pleaded guilty in August.

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“Had you gone to trial, I don’t think there’s any jury that could have acquitted you,” the judge told Fairlamb.

This is the first case stemming from the riot that centered around violence against Capitol Police, and could serve as a benchmark for the scores of cases yet to come.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.