Man photographed with foot on Pelosi’s desk on Jan 6 found guilty

An image of Richard Barnett reclining against the legislator’s desk has become emblematic of the 2021 US Capitol attack.

Richard Barnett was also accused of bringing a concealed stun gun with spikes to the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, when he entered the office of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [File: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA]

Jury deliberations on Monday lasted for just two hours before the guilty verdict was returned on all eight charges. They included the felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding. Barnett, an Arkansas resident, is set to be sentenced in a Washington, DC courtroom on May 3.

The image of Barnett with his foot on then-House Speaker Pelosi’s desk became emblematic of the US Capitol attack, which was led by supporters of then-President Donald Trump who sought to overturn his election loss.

Outside of the courthouse on Monday, Barnett vowed to appeal the case, calling it an “injustice”.

“We can only imagine what would have happened if [Pelosi] had been there at the time,” Prout said.

US District Judge Christopher Cooper agreed to let Barnett remain free on certain conditions until his sentencing, despite a request from prosecutors that he be jailed until then.

Barnett, who goes by the nickname “Bigo”, is among the more than 940 people charged with federal crimes related to the deadly riot. Nearly 500 have pled guilty, while dozens of others have let their cases go to trial.

A former firefighter, Barnett testified last Thursday that he was looking for a toilet inside the US Capitol when he unwittingly entered Pelosi’s office and encountered two news photographers.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13553 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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