Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Reportedly Evading District Of Columbia Attorneys

According to The Republic, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer has been evading District Of Columbia attorneys who have been trying to serve him with a civil suit for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. The search has reportedly resulted in “at least 25 separate attempts to serve Schaffer at seven different addresses across three different states”

The server tried to find Schaffer at three residences near Columbus, IN, a house near Orlando, FL, a residence in Georgetown, DE, an apartment in Crystal City, FL, and a mobile home in Auburndale, FL. The latter location had a callbox with “J. Schaffer” written on it and vehicles with Indiana license plates. Court filings said the following:

“The District now believes that Schaffer is hiding from process servers in a mobile home in Auburndale, Florida. Since locating that address, the District has attempted service there at least five times, yet Schaffer refuses to answer the door — thereby preventing effective service absent further relief from the court.”

Despite these efforts, a federal judge has since halted the civil action while the criminal trial against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes moves forward.

This news comes after it was revealed that District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine had filed a lawsuit against Schaffer and 30 other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys in December 2021 for “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.” It also comes after the U.S. government was granted permission to share sealed materials from the musician’s Capitol insurrection case as discovery to the three main Oath Keepers cases.

Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the insurrection in April 2021. Those charges include obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

As part of the deal, the musician entered into a cooperation agreement with the government. On top of that, the Justice Department also agreed to sponsor Schaffer for the witness protection program. CNN previously reported that the guitarist’s legal team have “agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.”

U.S. Government Granted Permission To Share Material From Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer’s Capitol Insurrection Case As Discovery To Other Oath Keepers Cases

According to Blabbermouth, the U.S. government has been granted permission to share sealed materials from Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer’s Capitol insurrection case. The information will be used as discovery to the three main Oath Keepers cases.

Government attorneys said the following in a court filing:

“The United States of America respectfully moves for entry by this Court of an order permitting the disclosure in discovery of materials protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e). The United States also requests permission to provide in discovery in United States, Thomas Caldwell, et. al., sealed materials related to the above-captioned case, pursuant to the previously entered protective order governing discovery. Finally, the United States requests that any order granting this motion be made applicable to co-defendants who may later be joined. The United States is authorized to represent to the Court that Defendant [Schaffer] does not oppose this motion or the entry of the attached order. Wherefore, the United States respectfully requests an order authorizing the disclosure in discovery of the materials described above.”

Blabbermouth also added:

“U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta granted the motion to disclose materials from the Schaffer case in the case against Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the right-wing Oath Keepers extremist group, and several of his deputies, who were charged with seditious conspiracy for their role in the U.S. Capitol Riot. That indictment, which was unsealed last week, alleges Rhodes and his co-defendants brought small arms to the Washington, D.C. area; engaged in combat training to prepare for the attack; and made plans to stage quick-reaction forces to support insurrectionists.”

This news comes after District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine recently filed a lawsuit against Schaffer and 30 other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys for “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”

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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Sued By D.C. Attorney General Over His Role In U.S. Capitol Insurrection

According to CNN, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer is among the 31 members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys who are being sued by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine for their role in the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The individuals have been accused of “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”

Racine told The Washington Post the following:

“I think the damages are substantial. If it so happens that it bankrupts or puts these individuals and entities in financial peril, so be it.”

He further commented in a news conference:

“No one bore the brunt of this gutless attack more than the courageous law enforcement officers including the men and women of the DC Metropolitan Police Department who went into the fire and violence with one objective in mind: remove the violent mob and restore our country’s fragile democracy.

The defendants, as you know, were not tourists, nor were they acting patriotically. They were vigilantes, members of a mob, insurrectionists who sought to crush our country’s freedoms.”

The complaint, which describes Schaffer as “a founding, lifetime member of the Oath Keepers,” also added the following about the musician specifically:

“Schaffer was criminally charged and indicted for his role in perpetrating the January 6th Attack. In connection with a promise to cooperate with investigators and potentially testify in criminal cases related to the conspiracy to commit the January 6th Attack, Schaffer pleaded guilty to the entire Statement of Offense in the criminal action brought against him, which included two felony offenses: (1) trespass of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon and (2) obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress. The Criminal Complaint filed against Schaffer—as well as Schaffer’s Plea Agreement and the accompanying Statement of Offense describing his conduct—are publicly available documents that are hereby incorporated into the Complaint by reference.”

Former Iced Earth Singer Stu Block On Guitarist Jon Schaffer: “He Fucked Up Real Bad”

During a recent appearance on “The Metal Voice,” ex-Iced Earth singer Stu Block further opened up about guitarist Jon Schaffer’s involvement in the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Block said that everyone makes bad decisions and that Schaffer just “fucked up real bad.”

Block had the following to say:

“We all make bad decisions, man, and [Jon] fucked up real bad. And I’m sure he knows it, and I think everybody with half a brain knows it… The line that was crossed with going in and all that kind of stuff… He had so much going on. It was a shame. It hurts, ’cause you’ve got plans, and all of a sudden, you can’t tell someone what to do — you can’t tell a very strong-willed individual what to do; you can’t. And so it would be lost words.”

He also added:

“At the end of the day, I don’t hate him. I’m not writhing in hate for him. I feel sad. I feel bad that everything went down the way it did. And maybe one day we’ll talk. I don’t know. I’m not too sure. But I think he knows that I still have a place in my heart for him, because I’ve seen that man do a lot of amazing, wonderful things for people. But I just wanna move on. And that’s what it is.”

Before Block exited Iced Earth, a screenshot of a since deleted Facebook post surfaced and it seemed to suggest that the vocalist actually supported the insurrection. However, he later issued a statement claiming that the post was “absolutely misunderstood.” Block has since rejoined Into Eternity.

[via Blabbermouth]

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Claims He Was Attacked With Feces And Urine While In Jail For His Role In U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Marc J. Victor, an attorney representing Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer, is claiming that his client went through “two months of hell” while he was in custody for his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The lawyer says the other inmates threatened the guitarist and even threw feces and urine at him.

According to Marion County Jail incident reports obtained by the Indianapolis Star, Schaffer was kept in “Administrative Segregation” due to his “high profile status.” Despite this, Victor said several incidents occurred while the musician was behind bars. He said the following during a March detention hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District Of Columbia:

“My client, who is presumed innocent, has just gone through two months of hell where other people were throwing feces at him and urine at him and threatening his life in a horrible, horrible situation. Shame on us, Judge, that this is happening in our justice system.”

A deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Schaffer ended up getting moved from his cell block on March 7 after he became fearful “for his personal safety.” That deputy says the guitarist told him that he was having issues with a specific inmate, before making complaints about three inmates, including the aforementioned one, who were allegedly making death threats.

These new details come after Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the insurrection in April. Those charges include obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

As part of the deal, the musician entered into a cooperation agreement with the government. On top of that, the Justice Department also agreed to sponsor Schaffer for the witness protection program. CNN previously reported that the guitarist’s legal team have “agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.”

You can read more over at the Indianapolis Star.

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Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider On Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer: “This Piece Of Shit Is An Embarrassment To The Metal Community”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has taken to Twitter to blast Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer, who recently pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the US. Capitol. Snider tweeted the following about Schaffer, who has since entered into a cooperation agreement with the government:

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Pleads Guilty To Two Charges For His Involvement In The U.S. Capitol Riot

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer has pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the US. Capitol. Those charges include obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. As part of the deal, the musician will be entering into a cooperation agreement with the government.

According to Blabbermouth, Schaffer’s guilty plea will allow him to be released on the following conditions:

* Schaffer must submit to court supervision in the Northem Dlstrict of Indiana.

* Schaffer will surrender his passport and any other international travel documents.

* Must stay outside of D.C. except for court hearings and meetings with attorneys.

* Will be permitted to travel within the continental United States with notice to pretrial services.

* Schaffer cannot possess any firearms or explosive devices, including legally owned firearms. Any firearms must be removed from his home.

As part of the deal, the Justice Department also agreed to sponsor Schaffer for the witness protection program. CNN are also reporting that the guitarist’s legal team have “agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.” The final decision will be made by federal Judge Amit Mehta.

This news comes after a previous document suggested that prosecutors were close to making a cooperation deal with Schaffer earlier this month and after his legal team recently agreed to delay rights afforded by The Speedy Trial Act.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui previously ordered Schaffer to remain in jail without bond until he goes to trial. The guitarist, who was being held at the Washington D.C. Jail, was not considered a flight risk, but Faruqui wanted to keep him in custody without bail, saying he could be a danger to the community. His decision was influenced in part by comments Schaffer made during a November 2020 Trump Rally, in which he said “if somebody wants to bring violence, I think there’s a lot of us here that are ready for it.”

After Schaffer was initially ordered to stay in custody, his attorney Marc Victor filed a “motion to amend detention order,” claiming that “the government failed to establish Mr. Schaffer’s dangerous to the community by clear and convincing evidence.” However, a U.S. magistrate judge filed an “order of detention pending trial” concluding that Schaffer “must be detained pending trial because the Government has proven by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community.”

Before he was transported to Washington, D.C. by a U.S. marshal, Schaffer was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana after being arrested on January 17. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the original statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group. Notably, as part of his plea deal, Schaffer officially acknowledged that he is “a founding lifetime member of the Oath Keepers.”

Before pleading guilty to two charges, he was actually facing six:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prosecutors Reportedly Nearing Cooperation Deal With Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer

According to Buzzfeed News, prosecutors are close to making a cooperation deal with Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer, who is currently in custody due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the US. Capitol. The news of the “advanced plea negotiations” reportedly comes from a filing that was mistakenly made public.

Buzzfeed News shared the following information:

“The public filing had apparently been made in error — prosecutors had intended to file it under seal because the defendant, Jon Schaffer, was already providing information to the government. Revealing his cooperation “may reveal the existence, scope, and direction of the ongoing and confidential investigation,” Assistant US Attorney Ahmed Baset wrote in the brief, which was quickly removed from the public docket but has been viewed by BuzzFeed News. It was not immediately clear how the document ended up on the public docket.”

The following was also added:

“The prosecutor, Baset, wrote that Schaffer had participated in a “series of debrief interviews” since early March. In exchange for Schaffer’s cooperation, the government was considering giving up its effort to keep Schaffer in jail while his case is pending and instead allow him to go free until he is sentenced.

“Based on these debrief interviews, the parties are currently engaged in good-faith plea negotiations, including discussions about the possibility of entering into a cooperation plea agreement aimed at resolving the matter short of indictment,” Baset wrote.”

Baset also reportedly wrote the following in a since-deleted section of the filing:

“If alerted to this information, investigation targets against whom the defendant may be providing information about could be immediately prompted to flee from prosecution, destroy or conceal incriminating evidence, alter their operational tactics to avoid future detection, attempt to influence or intimidate potential witnesses, and otherwise take steps to undermine the investigation and avoid future prosecution. Accordingly, these facts present an extraordinary situation and a compelling governmental interest which justify sealing of this filing pertaining to this investigation that is being submitted at this time.”

According to Politico, Schaffer is now expected to appear in court on April 21 for a hearing to review a motion regarding his pre-trial detention order. That hearing was previously scheduled for tomorrow (April 6). This news comes after Schaffer’s legal team recently agreed to delay rights afforded by The Speedy Trial Act, saying that they need more time to prepare a defense due to COVID-19 restrictions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui previously ordered Schaffer to remain in jail without bond until he goes to trial. The guitarist, who is currently being held at the Washington D.C. Jail, was not considered a flight risk, but Faruqui chose to keep him in custody without bail, saying that he could be a danger to the community. His decision was influenced in part by comments Schaffer made during a November 2020 Trump Rally, in which he said “if somebody wants to bring violence, I think there’s a lot of us here that are ready for it.”

After Schaffer was ordered to stay in custody, his attorney Marc Victor filed a “motion to amend detention order,” claiming that “the government failed to establish Mr. Schaffer’s dangerous to the community by clear and convincing evidence.” However, a U.S. magistrate judge filed an “order of detention pending trial” concluding that Schaffer “must be detained pending trial because the Government has proven by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community.”

Before he was transported to Washington, D.C. by a U.S. marshal, Schaffer was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana after being arrested on January 17. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group.

Schaffer is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Agrees To Delay Rights Afforded By The Speedy Trial Act

Last month, Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss all of the charges related to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the US. Capitol after citing The Speedy Trial Act. However, the musician’s legal team has since decided to delay those rights, saying they need more time to prepare a defense due to COVID-19 restrictions.

MetalSucks obtained a copy of the latest filing, which said the following:

“ORDERED that the complaint and previous order of pre-trial detention remain in full force and effect.

ORDERED that the period from April 2, 2021 through May 3, 2021 shall be excluded from computing the time within which an information or indictment must be filed under the Speedy Trial Act because the ends of justice served by such a continuance outweigh the interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial. See 18 U.S.C. 3161(h)(1) & (h)(7).

The Court finds that COVID-19 has presented complications here that make it difficult for defense to meet with his client and prepare, that there is voluminous and evolving discovery, and that delay is necessary for the parties to work on a potential resolution.

It Is So Ordered”

This news comes after it was recently announced that Schaffer will be taking part in another hearing on April 6. That court appearance will include a video conference with Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, who will be reviewing a motion regarding a pre-trial detention order.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui previously ordered Schaffer to remain in jail without bond until he goes to trial. The guitarist, who is currently being held at the Washington D.C. Jail, was not considered a flight risk, but Faruqui chose to keep him in custody without bail, saying that he could be a danger to the community. His decision was influenced in part by comments Schaffer made during a November 2020 Trump Rally, in which he said “if somebody wants to bring violence, I think there’s a lot of us here that are ready for it.”

After Schaffer was ordered to stay in custody, his attorney Marc Victor filed a “motion to amend detention order,” claiming that “the government failed to establish Mr. Schaffer’s dangerous to the community by clear and convincing evidence.” However, a U.S. magistrate judge filed an “order of detention pending trial” concluding that Schaffer “must be detained pending trial because the Government has proven by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community.”

Before he was transported to Washington, D.C. by a U.S. marshal, Schaffer was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana after being arrested on January 17. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group.

Schaffer is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer’s Next Court Hearing Is Set For April 6

On April 6, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer will be taking part in another court hearing related to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the US. Capitol. The hearing will include a video conference with Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, who will be reviewing a motion regarding a pre-trial detention order. According to Blabbermouth, Howell signed an order “directing the government to provide, by Monday, April 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM, its response, if any, to defendant’s 11 Motion for Review of Detention Order, incorrectly labeled as a Motion to Amend Detention Order.”

This news comes after U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui ordered Schaffer to remain in jail without bond until he goes to trial. The guitarist, who is currently being held at the Washington D.C. Jail, was not considered a flight risk, but Faruqui chose to keep him in custody without bail, saying that he could be a danger to the community. His decision was influenced in part by comments Schaffer made during a November 2020 Trump Rally, in which he said “if somebody wants to bring violence, I think there’s a lot of us here that are ready for it.”

After Schaffer was ordered to stay in custody, his attorney Marc Victor filed a “motion to amend detention order,” claiming that “the government failed to establish Mr. Schaffer’s dangerous to the community by clear and convincing evidence.” However, a U.S. magistrate judge filed an “order of detention pending trial” concluding that Schaffer “must be detained pending trial because the Government has proven by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community.”

Before he was transported to Washington, D.C. by a U.S. marshal, Schaffer was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana after being arrested on January 17. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group.

Schaffer is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building