Lawyers for Capitol rioter who invaded Pelosi’s office: ‘Give peace a chance’

Lawyers for Capitol rioter who invaded Pelosi’s office: ‘Give peace a chance’


Lawyers for a US Capitol rioter accused of carrying a stun-gun as he stormed into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 invasion implored a federal judge to give “peace” a chance by releasing the suspect from jail.

In a rambling, 46-page brief filed Monday in the US District Court for Washington, DC, attorneys for Richard “Bigo” Barnett invoked the phrase in an apparent nod to John Lennon’s 1969 anti-war anthem, “Give Peace a Chance.”

“Peace is no longer given a chance,” the brief read in part. “Common ground is out of sight. Our Constitution — an inspired document, drafted during times like these, foreseeing times like these — can only save us.”

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But that was not all that Barnett’s lawyers, Joseph McBride and Steven Metcalf II, were saying in the “preamble” of their brief, which asked that Barnett be freed, if not on his own recognizance, at least into the supervisory custody of his wife with

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