Capitol rioter punished for reading civics book for 60 hours

Over the past year, many activists have complained that the January 6 attackers did not face harsher penalties commensurate with the crime. First-time offenders who have done nothing but enter the Capitol and have not touched or broken anything are given community service or probation.

Such was the case with Edward Hemenway, who said his community service was done because he reviewed a US government and civics textbook for 60 hours, wrote reporter Zoe Tillman. court at BuzzFeed.

Hemenway agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for unlawfully marching through the United States Capitol. While he was sentenced to 45 days in prison, with regard to community service, he filed a letter that raises questions.

He said he read “training materials” on “anger management, civics, drug and alcohol awareness, parenting, and US government.” He then actually wrote a book report about it.

“Hemenway’s co-defendant and cousin, Robert Bauer, who received the same sentence, also confirmed in court that he had completed his 60 hours of service,” Tillman wrote. department in his hometown of Cave City, Kentucky, that he had done “general work”.

He draws attention to those who received lower-level sentences beyond prison. Most judges also block media inquiries about the specifics of community service. Files on Anna Morgan-Lloyd, who claimed to have been “played” by Laura Ingraham, for example, were hidden from the Indiana judge.

An online company called Logan Social Services helps people on probation or on community service stay on schedule. They claim that working through them “really helps your community” as they are more widely available. They offer online course options for anyone taking required courses on “parenting, drug and alcohol abuse, anger management, driving, domestic violence, shoplifting and sexual harassment,” the report said. The company is run by a non-profit church which does not state its religion.

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