Rachel Powell, an arrested Capitol rioter, was released under strict conditions, one of which was that she had to wear a mask. She's also a COVID denier, adding to her awfulness. Well, when a video surfaced online of her wearing a mesh mask, useless against the virus, the judge who issued the order was not amused. She now has 10 days from when the order was made to produce, in writing, just cause for her behavior or her release will be revoked. She'll be going to jail, in other words.
Source: Huffington Post
Rachel Powell, the Pennsylvania mother of eight charged in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol, is in hot water with a federal judge after wearing a “see-through mesh mask” to the bookstore where she worked in defiance of a judge’s order.
“Defendant’s decision to appear in a video wearing a mask with holes in it at work mocks compliance with the Court’s Order setting as a condition of pre-trial release that she ‘wear a mask whenever she leaves her residence,‘” U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in an order on Friday. “No reasonable person could think that defendant’s ‘mask’ complied with that condition, which Chief Judge Beryl Howell imposed to ensure that defendant ‘would not pose a risk to the health and safety of the community when she left her house.’”
The court, Lamberth wrote, “does not take defendant’s willingness to flout the Court’s Order lightly” and ordered Powell to “show cause in writing, no longer than ten (10) days from this date, why the Court should not revoke her pre-trial release, order her detained pending trial, or hold her in contempt.”
A judge said Rachel Powell’s decision to wear a see-through mesh mask “mocks” and “flout[s]” the court’s order.
Powell must “show cause… why the Court should not revoke her pre-trial release, order her detained pending trial, or hold her in contempt.” https://t.co/2bL6AteMPq
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