Trump’s pardon of Lil’ Wayne said to be the breaking point for QAnon Shaman in new court documents filled with bizarre anecdotes

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The QAnon Shaman is a published author. You can buy his books on Amazon. 

The QAnon Shaman has been known to “capture and release” insects rather than kill them.

And the QAnon Shaman reflected on his life choices when former President Donald Trump pardoned rapper Lil’ Wayne at the end of his presidency last month. 

These bizarre anecdotes are found in new court documents filed by counsel for the QAnon Shaman — also known as Jacob Anthony Chansley — on Tuesday, in which his lawyer seeks a pretrial release for his now-infamous client. 

Adorned with horns, a headdress, and face paint, Chansley quickly became one of the most recognizable rioters at the January 6 Capitol insurrection, photographed with his bullhorn and flagpole in various locations throughout the building that day.

He was arrested days later in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors related to his role in the deadly attack. While many of his fellow rioters have been granted pretrial release, Chansley has remained in federal facilities since his arrest on January 9, court records say.

COVID-19 restrictions have relegated Chansley to solitary confinement for the entirety of his detainment, according to his lawyer, Al Watkins.

Earlier this month, he made headlines yet again when his attorney announced Chansley had lost 20 pounds and hadn’t eaten in a week because his religious beliefs prohibited him from eating non-organic food, and organic food wasn’t being served in jail.

In a video court hearing, Chansley told a judge that his body suffers when he eats food that is not “made by God.” 

A federal judge eventually ordered the Washington, DC, jail to feed Chansley an organic diet.

But even with the accommodations, Chansley’s attorney said in the court documents filed Tuesday that his client has continued to suffer “significant” digestive tract issues for which medical counsel has been sought, though he noted that Chansley is appreciative of efforts being made to try and meet his dietary needs.

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Chansley’s “longstanding status as a practicing shaman” also precludes him from receiving any vaccinations, including the COVID-19 shot, documents say, and the pandemic has made “meaningful, unmonitored” communication between Chansley and his counsel nearly “impossible.”

Watkins writes in the motion that these facts alone should make Chansley eligible for temporary release, though the attorney offered additional arguments, emphasizing Chansley’s cooperation during the initial investigation.

According to court documents, Chansley returned home to Phoenix following the riot on January 7 and was advised that the FBI wanted to talk to him. Watkins said Chansley was “immediately and fully forthcoming” and identified himself in pictures from the riot.

Chansley continued to speak “openly and honestly” and even allowed officials to inspect his car which, at the time, housed his horns, court records say.

“He did so possessed of the genuine belief he had done nothing wrong,” Watkins writes.

During Chansley’s detention hearing, officials reportedly argued he was dangerous, highlighting his use of the “spear” he was seen holding in photos from the insurrection.  

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Source:: Business Insider – Politics

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