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Judge Allows January 6 Defendant Who Played Judas In “Jesus Christ Superstar” To Return Home

Beeks, whose cast biography was removed from his theater company website over the weekend, initially refused to accept help from the two public defenders online, but he also objected when Howell asked him if he wished to recognize himself.

“I cannot represent myself because I am myself,” he said. “I reserve all rights at all times and waive none, ever.”

Howell replied curtly to Beeks, declaring his statements unintelligible.

“It’s all gibberish. I have no idea what you are saying, ”the judge said.

Beeks’ case is one of the strangest of the more than 700 resulting from the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Prosecutors say he joined the Oath Keepers two weeks before the attack and reported to them on the morning of January 6. among the first to cross the Capitol.

At Monday’s hearing, Howell said two affidavits Beeks attempted to submit to the court suggested he subscribed to a “sovereign citizen” theory that rejects the authority of government. But that description clearly angered Beeks.

“I am not a sovereign citizen. There is nothing like it. It’s an oxymoron and it’s even an insult, ”the actor said.

Beeks’ comments frustrated Howell, who said she could not release an accused who refused to submit to legal authorities.

“An accused who challenges the jurisdiction of the court rejects being subject to the laws of the United States, which challenges the rule of law, is generally not released until trial,” Howell said after Beeks’ rant.

The exchange also caught U.S. Deputy Attorney Jeffrey Nestler off guard. Nestler said given the revelation and Beeks ‘refusal to submit to judicial authority, he would seek Beeks’ pre-trial detention even though prosecutors did not ask for him to be detained when he was arrested. last week in Milwaukee.

But one of the public defenders, Michelle Peterson, based in Washington, DC, met privately with Beeks on Monday and convinced him to agree to strict bail conditions that include GPS surveillance and a cover. -fire.

Howell briefly wondered how to ensure that Beeks would travel from Wisconsin to his home in Gotha, Florida to register with the court there. Beeks said he planned to drive as soon as the FBI returned his car keys, cash and “gold and silver” that had been confiscated at the time of his arrest.

The judge ordered the FBI to return the keys to Beeks’ car by noon Monday to facilitate his return trip. It is not yet clear whether he will get his gold and silver back in the near future, but Peterson said she did not see how they could properly be subject to seizure “in a case like this” .

Either way, Beeks appears to be out of service as “Judas” for the near future. His tour company is scheduled to open a month-long tour on Tuesday at the Prince of Wales Theater in Toronto.

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