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Lawyer says Trump's failure to pardon accused Capitol rioters is a 'betrayal'

ST. LOUIS – A lawyer for one of the men charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol said that former President Donald Trump's refusal to pardon Jacob Chansley and other Trump followers was a "betrayal."

Clayton lawyer Albert Watkins said in a statement Wednesday that he'd approached Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows directly about the pardon.

"Mr. Chansley, along with many others who were similarly situated, are now compelled to reconcile a betrayal by a man whose back they felt they had for years. In turn, they are compelled to be introspective and evaluate how they got where they are, the role of their former leader in that tragic course, and the vulnerabilities they share," Watkins' statement reads, in part.

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Man living at O’Hare for 3 months posts bail, ordered on electronic monitoring


CHICAGO — A man who was discovered living at O’Hare International Airport for at least three months has left Cook County Jail after posting bail.

Aditya Singh, 36, was aided by the Chicago Bail Project, which came up with the $1,000 he needed to go free until his next court date after a $10,000 D-bond was set earlier, according to Cook County sheriff’s spokesman Matt Walberg. The Chicago Bail Project also helped secure an undisclosed place for Singh to live while he faces felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor charges. A condition of his Wednesday release was that Singh must be on electric monitoring, Walberg said.

The Chicago Bail Project became aware of the case and sprang into action after conducting interviews and decided he “fit right in” to their cause, said Matthew McFarland, the project’s regional director for the Midwest.

The group linked him to housing and will assist him during his criminal trial, added McFarland, who explained they aim to decrease the large volume of indigent people held in jail populations in various cities.


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