MAGA rioter grovels before judge after getting caught making a mockery of court's mask mandate

MAGA rioter grovels before judge after getting caught making a mockery of court's mask mandate
Indicted MAGA rioter Rachel Powell (Image via Screengrab).

Indicted MAGA rioter Rachel Powell has formally apologized to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia after making a mockery of its face mask order.

A filing made by Powell's attorneys on Monday claimed that the pro-Trump rioter "wishes to apologize to this Honorable Court, and to Pre-Trial Services, for her poor choice and her unwise conduct" when it came to following the court's mask mandate.

As a condition of Powell's pretrial release, Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered her to wear a mask at all times when leaving her home.

However, earlier this month she was caught on camera in a bookstore wearing a hole-ridden "mesh" mask that public health experts agree would do nothing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Powell's attorneys argued that it wasn't their client's intention to mock the court's order and was instead following the example of singer Lana Del Rey, who wore a similarly porous mask during a public book signing event.

"While clearly unwise, the creation and use of the mask at issue was not designed to mock the Court or its release condition," the attorneys write.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth last week slammed Powell for defying the court's order and he wrote that "no reasonable person could think that defendant's 'mask' complied with that condition... imposed to ensure that defendant 'would not pose a risk to the health and safety of the community when she left her house.'"

Read the whole filing here (PDF).

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.