Capitol riot: Man who sat at Pelosi’s desk changes lawyers, receives continuance

Richard Barnett, the man seen sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, changed his representation ahead of a May 4 continuance in his case. Photo via Washington County Sheriff's Office/UPI

March 5 (UPI) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ordered a two-month continuance Thursday in the case of a man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s office desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Richard Barnett, 60, erupted at U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper during the virtual hearing. The adjournment means he’ll be detained until the next hearing.

“I’ve been here a long time … another month … it’s not fair,” he said. “You’re letting everyone else out … I need help.”

In the time between now and the May 4 hearing, Barnett’s attorney will be able to make bail applications on his behalf.

Also Thursday, Joseph McBride of New York City’s McBride Law Firm said he would represent Barnett alongside Stephen Metcalf and Martin Tankleff from Metcalf and Metcalf, replacing Barnett’s former attorney, Anthony Siano.

Days after the insurrection, Barnett was arrested in his hometown of Gravette, Ark., by the FBI after a video showed him with his feet up on Pelosi’s desk.

Another video showed him boasting about taking an envelope from her office.

Last month, Barnett pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, parading or demonstrating in a Capitol building, entering and remaining in certain rooms in a Capitol building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon and theft of government property.


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