Lawyer blames 'Foxitis' for his US Capitol riot client's actions
May 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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TOPSHOT - Supporters of US President Donald Trump are seen from behind scaffolding as they gather outside the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Alleged US Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio was hooked on Fox News and developed "Foxitis," his lawyer said Thursday in a virtual hearing interrupted multiple times by another defendant's profane outbursts.
(CNN)Alleged US Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio was hooked on Fox News and developed "Foxitis," his lawyer said Thursday in a virtual hearing interrupted multiple times by another defendant's profane outbursts.
Antonio's court appearance was disrupted, however, by an outburst from another defendant, Landon Copeland of Utah.
He was dialed into a videoconference with a federal judge in Washington who was holding hearings for several other Capitol riot defendants at the same time.
After Antonio's attorney blamed Fox News and "Foxitis," Copeland, apparently enraged by these comments, shouted, "I object. " He was subsequently placed on mute by federal magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather.
When the hearing resumed, Copeland started arguing with the clerk, said "f--k all of y'all," and was muted again.
Antonio is alleged to have shouted threatening statements at police, poured water on an officer being dragged down the Capitol steps, and have gotten hold of a riot shield and gas mask, according to court documents.