According to The Republic, attorneys for the District of Columbia have responded to a recent motion filed by Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer, who was trying to get out of a lawsuit that was filed against him and other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys due to their involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection. The attorneys are currently seeking to have a federal judge reject the motion.
The following was said in a letter that was sent to U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta:
“We write in response to Defendant Jon Ryan Schaffer’s March 10, 2023, motion to join his Co-Defendants’ previously filed motions to dismiss.
For the reasons stated in the District’s Omnibus Opposition to Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss, the arguments in the motions Defendant Schaffer joins are without merit and should be dismissed. In lieu of filing additional briefing in opposition, we direct the Court’s attention to the Amended Complaint’s allegations of Defendant Schaffer’s involvement in the larger conspiracy. For example, the Amended Complaint alleges:
* Schaffer is a founding, lifetime member of the Oath Keepers.
* In connection with the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Schaffer has pleaded guilty to two felonies: (i) obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and (ii) trespass of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
* In connection with his plea deal, Schaffer admitted that he unlawfully entered the Capitol building on January 6 ‘with the purpose of influencing, affecting, and retaliating against the conduct of government by stopping or delaying the Congressional proceeding by intimidation or coercion.’
* As captured in a photograph, Schaffer marched with the mob through the Capitol, shouting.
The above allegations, as well as additional allegations included and incorporated in the Amended Complaint, are more than sufficient to state claims against Defendant Schaffer.”
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