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Capitol rioter who paled with Pennsylvania Republicans sentenced to jail until trial

A Pennsylvania enthusiast of Donald Trump who attended an event with Rudy Giuliani as he was wanted by the FBI for allegedly assaulting agents on the United States Capitol on January 6 has been taken into custody until his trial .

Samuel Lazar, a Trump supporter arrested last month after being identified as a rioter who assaulted law enforcement on Capitol Hill on January 6, has been held in custody until his trial by trial judge Robin Meriweather.

Meriweather said Lazar’s alleged actions showed “a total disregard for the rule of law” and that the evidence against him was “overwhelming”. She said Lazar had a “mixed” personal history that included previous criminal offenses, and that the broader belief in the “big lie” – that the presidential election was stolen from Trump – created a dangerous environment.

“There is still a continuing perception or belief on the part of many people right now” in the illegitimacy of President Joe Biden, said Meriweather.

“I don’t think the court should put blinders” on the current political climate and the widely held belief in a stolen election, said Meriweather.

Meriweather said evidence uncovered earlier this month by online detectives showing Lazar holding guns in 2020 even after being convicted of illegally trying to buy guns played a major role in his decision. She said she was considering house arrest until such evidence was revealed.

About 600 defendants were charged in connection with the attack on the Capitol on January 6, and a few dozen defendants are being held in prison until their trial.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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