Dustin Thompson’s guilty verdict was read, he was removed from the courtroom in shackles, with little objection from his attorney. It wasn’t expected that he’d be ordered detained like this before sentencing. As two security guards removed his belt, ring, and personal items from his pockets, Judge Reggie Walton said in a harsh tone that Thompson was “weak-minded.” Despite the requirement judges remaining impartial, Judge Reggie Walton used this trial as a forum to express hatred for President Donald Trump. It was as though he saw Thompson and President Trump as the same person. It is important for citizens to recognize the jury is responsible for judging not only a defendant’s actions- but the judge’s as well. If the jury sees unethical or unprofessional behavior on the part of the judge or the prosecutors, they can decide to acquit the defendant. BUT that won’t happen in DC as we all know it by now.

The only emotion in Court that day was a feigned cry when Thompson was taken away in shackles. He looked at an individual in the front row as though begging for help. Dustin was treated worse than a murderer.

Dustin’s attorney Samuel Shamansky is a despicable human being who implicated his client, calling him a “rioter” and “insurrectionist.” After Dustin was removed from the courtroom, Shamansky continued to fraternize with jury in the jury room. This is not typical practice.

Sadly, we have not heard from Dustin since his trial day. He has been serving a 3-year sentence in OH. Please pray for him and send him encouragement letters so he knows he is not forgotten.

Dustin Thompson

📬 Dustin Thompson
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 10
Lisbon, OH. 44432

No known fundraiser

Has been serving sentence for 542 days.


Reggie Barnett Walton

Appointed By: George W. Bush
Confirmation Date:
Born: February 8, 1949 (age 74) North Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Gender: Male
West Virginia State University (BA)
American University (JD)