Trump Supporter From Prison Sends Emotional Message as Jan.6 Case Takes Another Twist


Trump staunch supporter, Paul Hodgkins, the first individual to plead guilty to charges related to the January 6 Capitol riot under 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2), has sent an emotional message from prison.

His text was shared by journalist Julie Kelly, who covered his sentencing hearing before Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama appointee.

In 2021, the DC court allowed phone-in access to court proceedings, and Kelly recounted that it was the first time she cried during such coverage, moved by Hodgkins’ plea for mercy.

In a post shared on Friday, June 28, 2024, Hodgkins was arrested by FBI agents while on his way to work and was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding. He was subsequently sentenced to eight months in prison.

In his message, Hodgkins reflected on the circumstances that led to his guilty plea. He expressed regret, stating, “If my attorney at the time had not told me repeatedly that I was guilty, I would not have pled guilty to breaking a law that he described to me as trespass into the Senate chamber, despite my peaceful conduct.”

He now questions the validity of his plea, explaining that his current attorney is researching the constitutionality of the plea waiver he signed.

Hodgkins’ plea waiver included a mandatory, non-negotiable clause that prevented him from appealing, even if it was later determined that his actions did not fall within the scope of the law.

Hodgkins emphasized the impact of a recent Supreme Court ruling, which he believes demonstrates that he did not commit a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2).

He stated, “The Supreme Court ruling shows that I did not commit the 1512 crime. It looks like a request for a pardon is my possible option.”

Hodgkins’ case highlights the complexities and evolving interpretations of legal statutes related to the January 6 events.

His message underscores the potential for legal redress and the ongoing debate surrounding the prosecutions of those involved in the Capitol riot.

As his current attorney delves into the constitutional aspects of his plea waiver, Hodgkins remains hopeful that he may find a path to overturning his conviction or receiving a pardon.

This development adds another layer to the ongoing legal battles stemming from the January 6 riot, as defendants continue to navigate the judicial system and seek avenues for justice.

Hodgkins’ story is a poignant reminder of the personal toll and legal uncertainties faced by those prosecuted in connection with one of the most significant events in recent American history.

As the legal landscape evolves, the outcomes of such cases will undoubtedly shape the broader narrative of accountability and justice related to the January 6 Capitol riot.

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