Tim “Treadstone” Gionet, aka “Baked Alaska.”

January 6 defendants have started going to trial, and some have taken the stand to testify recently.
Their testimony has lacked credibility with jurors, and a judge said one defendant “lacked candor.”
Another accused Capitol rioter declared himself “innocent” at a plea agreement hearing this week.

Anthime Gionet, the far-right video blogger known as “Baked Alaska,” made the announcement just before 10 pm Monday: “No stream tonight!”

“Balls deep in legal shit as I prepare for Wednesday’s Jan 6 hearing,” Gionet told followers on Telegram, two days before he was set to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his involvement in the attack on the Capitol.

The hearing could have marked the beginning of the end of Gionet’s legal woes from January 6, but there was more to come. Instead of pleading guilty Wednesday to a relatively low-level charge of unlawful picketing or parading at the Capitol, Gionet declared, “I wanted to go to trial, but the prosecutor said if I didn’t go to trial they would put a felony on me, so I think this is probably the better route. I believe I’m innocent.”

The comment blew up his plea agreement hearing almost as soon as it began. Gionet left the virtual hearing with a trial date in 2023 and the possibility of facing stiffer charges, but with 60 days to reconsider taking the plea deal from prosecutors.

It was just the latest instance of an accused Capitol rioter speaking up in a federal courtroom, perhaps to the detriment of his own legal defense.

In recent weeks, as trials have commenced in connection with January 6, two other accused Capitol rioters have taken the stand to testify in their own defense. Both were found guilty after just hours of jury deliberations.

Following each of those trials, jurors told Insider …read more

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