Friday, May 21, 2021

BREAKING UPDATE: Court Orders Psychological Exam For Key Jan. 6 Participant Jacob Chansley (aka "QAnon Shaman")

(Clarification: Chansley's attorney asked for the psychological examination. The Court docketed the Minute Entry that it granted the speaking motion after posting the Order. The Order did not reference the speaking motion.)

Jacob Chansley, the so-called "QAnon Shaman" who was one of the most recognizable participants in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, will undergo a psychological exam. That was District Court Judge Royce Lamberth's Order this afternoon, granting the Defendant's attorney's speaking request.

The Mesa man has been in federal custody since turning himself in shortly after he became a key figure on January 6. The Court's Order will move him from the facility in Virginia to another on for up to 30 days to perform the competency examination. The exam is to determine whether "he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense."

Yesterday, the USDOJ filed with the Court the list of materials that they have turned over to Chansley's attorney. There were several new disclosures just this past week, giving some insight into the ongoing nature of the investigation into Chansley and others who were arrested after Jan. 6. (The list is below.)

Here is today's Order:


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