The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) latest objection to allegations that it suppressed evidence in its prosecution of Jan. 6 defendant Jacob Chansley flies in the face of the Sixth Amendment, current and former attorneys of Chansley told The Epoch Times in separate interviews this week.
“They are hiding. They affirmatively are electing not to disclose [exculpatory evidence],” Albert Watkins, Jacob Chansley’s former attorney that negotiated the navy veteran’s 41-month sentencing agreement in 2021, told The Epoch Times on Tuesday, referring to the DOJ.
Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, a legal non-profit, echoed Shipley and Watkins’s view in an interview with The Epoch Times on Wednesday, adding that Judge Lamberth should re-open the case and ask the government to explain their rationale for prosecuting Chansley.
“The government violated Brady by failing to give Jacob Chansley reasonable access to the exculpatory video evidence played on Tucker Carlson’s show before Chansley pled guilty,” Davis, a former clerk under Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, told The Epoch Times. “Judge Royce Lamberth should issue a show-cause order. He should have issued it the day after Tucker Carlson aired those videos.”
According to Davis, the government’s process of getting Chansley to agree to the 41-month plea deal constituted fraudulent inducement.
“I would call this fraud in the inducement of the plea agreement. They had access to these videos and didn’t provide them, and they induced Jacob Chansley into a fraudulent plea agreement based upon this omission,” Davis said.
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