William Reid accepted a Statement of Facts for his bench trial with Judge Friedrich, a Trump appointee. Being tried in the DC court is a no-brainer guilty verdict whether the judge is a Trump appointee or an Obama appointee and this is exactly what happened to William Reid on 8/23/22. He was sentenced on 12/7/22 to 37 months of incarceration, 36 months supervised release, $2,443 restitution.
He is currently serving his sentence at FCI Williamsburg. We do not have a lot of information about William’s conditions at this facility. We hope he is able to take advantage of the 1st Step Act signed into law by President Trump. This prison reform law had allowed inmates to get their sentence reduced by following certain programs, though it seems certain J6 political prisoners are denied the opportunity.
Please pray for him and write him. Letters are an amazing way to support a j6er.
His charges: obstruction of an official proceeding and corruptly altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing a record, document, or other objects, both felonies, as well as five related misdemeanor offenses. Misdemeanors include entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; destruction of government property; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building
We asked chatGPT the difference between a bench trial and a jury trial in DC. This is good information though we all need to be cautious with a left-leaning programing into this AI and many others, Silicon Valley being mostly a far-left enclave in America.
A bench trial and a jury trial are two different methods of adjudicating legal disputes in a court of law, including in Washington, D.C. The primary difference between the two lies in who decides the outcome of the case: a judge or a jury.
- Bench Trial: In a bench trial, also known as a trial by judge or a court trial, the case is heard and decided by a judge alone. The judge is responsible for making determinations of fact and law, considering evidence, and rendering a verdict. The judge is essentially the finder of fact and the interpreter of the law in this type of trial. Bench trials are typically shorter than jury trials because there is no need to select a jury, and the proceedings are often more streamlined.
- Jury Trial: In a jury trial, the case is heard by a panel of jurors who are selected from the community. The jurors are responsible for determining the facts of the case based on the evidence presented and applying the law as instructed by the judge. The judge provides legal guidance, ensures proper procedures are followed, and instructs the jury on the applicable laws. The jurors deliberate in private and reach a verdict based on their collective assessment of the evidence and the law.
The choice between a bench trial and a jury trial often depends on the nature of the case and the preferences of the parties involved. Some cases may be more complex or involve issues of public interest that warrant a jury’s perspective, while others may involve technical legal points that are better suited for a judge’s expertise.
In Washington, D.C., both bench trials and jury trials are available options for litigants, and the decision of which type of trial to pursue is typically made by the parties involved, subject to certain legal requirements and the judge’s discretion. It’s important to note that laws and procedures can evolve, so it’s recommended to consult with a legal professional or refer to the most current legal resources if you need specific information about bench and jury trials in Washington, D.C.
We also ask ChatGPT about the 1st-Step Act.
The First Step Act (formerly known as the First Step Act of 2018) is a United States federal law aimed at criminal justice reform. It was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 21, 2018. The legislation focuses on addressing issues within the federal criminal justice system, particularly related to sentencing and rehabilitation of federal prisoners.
Key provisions of the First Step Act include:
- Sentencing Reform: The law aims to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent drug offenses, particularly those related to the “three-strike” rule, which mandated life imprisonment for certain repeat offenders.
- Recidivism Reduction Programs: The First Step Act encourages participation in rehabilitative programs that aim to reduce recidivism (re-offending) among federal inmates. These programs provide education, job training, and other forms of support to help inmates successfully reintegrate into society upon release.
- Good Time Credits: The law allows inmates to earn additional “good time” credits for participating in various programs and activities that demonstrate their commitment to self-improvement and rehabilitation. These credits can lead to earlier release from prison.
- Fair Sentencing Act Retroactivity: The law makes the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the sentencing disparity between offenses involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine, retroactive. This provision allowed individuals sentenced under the previous, more severe guidelines to petition for a reduction in their sentences.
- Juvenile Justice Reform: The First Step Act restricts the use of restraints on pregnant inmates and juveniles in federal custody, and it provides for improved treatment of juvenile offenders.
The First Step Act garnered bipartisan support and was seen as a significant step toward addressing issues of over-incarceration and promoting rehabilitation within the federal criminal justice system. It aimed to strike a balance between maintaining public safety and giving individuals a better chance at successful reintegration into society after serving their sentences.