Man arrested in riot on Capitol Hill asks to go to car swap meeting

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Arkansas man arrested for sitting with his feet on a desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, asked a judge federal government to allow him to travel for a vintage car trade-in meeting.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An Arkansas man arrested for sitting with his feet on a desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill has asked a federal judge in the authorize to travel for a classic car exchange meeting.

Richard Barnett’s attorney, Joseph McBride of New York, says Barnett has to travel for a living.

Mr. Barnett’s second job, buying and selling classic cars, is now his main source of income. Therefore, his ability to travel for work is crucial to his ability to pay his bills, to support himself. of his family and finance his legal defense.

Barnett is currently only allowed to travel 80.47 kilometers from his residence while in house arrest awaiting trial, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Montagne du Petit Jean, where the motor show is held, is 200 miles (321.87 kilometers) from Gravette.

In his letter to the court, McBride said Barnett was asking permission to spend Friday night around Petit Jean Mountain and return to Gravette on Saturday night.

“We respectfully request that Mr Barnett’s travel restriction be changed so that the pre-trial services can grant or deny work-related travel requests and protect the details of those requests from the prying eyes of the public,” wrote McBride.

Deputy U.S. attorney Mary Dohrmann told the court the government was opposing McBride’s request to ease her restrictions.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper has asked Dorhmann to file a response by Thursday so he can make a decision in time for Barnett to travel on Friday, if allowed to do so.

Barnett’s next hearing is set for August 24. The trial date has not yet been set.

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