Couy Griffin: New Mexico county commissioner who refuses to certify recent election results convicted of role in January 6 attack

He was sentenced to 14 days of served sentence, fined $ 3,000, and released one year under supervision with a requirement to complete 60 hours of community service.

Griffin was filmed at the Capitol saying he “has Mike Pence in our prayers” and hoped that Pence would “do the right thing” and during the trial he claimed he was peaceful on January 6th and even calmed a group of rioters by leading them in. prayer.

Griffin, an Otero County commissioner, is still relentlessly pushing allegations of election fraud, going so far as to refuse to certify recent primary results in his county, which the Justice Department cited to reinforce its argument that Griffin should spend several months in prison.

Along with two other GOP commissioners, Griffin refused to certify the results of the June 7 primary, indicating a distrust of Dominion voting machines – a false conspiracy theory popularized by former President Donald Trump’s legal team. during the 2020 elections.
On Thursday, Griffin told CNN he will also challenge a state Supreme Court order to certify primary results. The commission has scheduled an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon to address the certification.

The commissioners’ challenge has raised alarms among voting rights defenders, concerned that conspiracy theories about voting and election machines are taking root in the country’s pockets and fear that Otero’s flare-up could serve as a preview. future electoral disruptions in this year’s mid-term elections.

Friday is the deadline for New Mexico counties to certify the results of the June 7 primary election. This week, New Mexico Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver asked the state attorney general to investigate the Otero commissioners on several recent actions, including votes initiated by Griffin to remove ballots and stop using machines for the vote count of the Dominion before the November elections.

After a somewhat continuous court trial in March, Griffin was found guilty of trespassing on the grounds of the United States Capitol during the riot by Federal Judge Trevor McFadden.

The former pastor, conspiracy theory peddler and former Disney cowboy actor has asked for two months’ probation, claiming he has already suffered harsh punishment such as being held in prison for several weeks after being arrested when he returned to Washington on. January 17, 2021. Griffin told his county commission colleagues that he would be returning for the unveiling of Joe Biden with his revolver and shotgun.

Griffin not only talked about bringing arms to the Capitol after January 6, but he also spread false conspiracy theories about the riot, including the suggestion that the riot may have been instigated by law enforcement.

McFadden found his comments “disturbing” and said they “suggest a contempt” for US law.

“You swore to uphold the Constitution,” McFadden said Friday, adding that it undermined the peaceful transition of power instead.

McFadden also said it was “absurd” for Griffin to claim that he did not know he was not allowed to enter the Capitol that day.

“I watched the evidence here … you climbed the walls,” McFadden said, “You knew you weren’t supposed to be there.”

McFadden added that Griffin “was not” punished for his allegations of election fraud. The judge noted that some national politicians make claims of significant election fraud in past elections and “were as wrong as you are.”

The rioter who witnessed the shooting of Ashli ​​Babbitt is sentenced

Thomas Baranyi, a January 6 defendant who witnessed Babbitt’s shooting and was convicted on Friday, expressed remorse for his participation in the Capitol uprising and for not doing more to help Babbitt.

DC District Judge James Boasberg sentenced Baranyi to 90 days in prison. Baranyi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in February.

“I would really like to pay more attention because I tried to get to the foreground to tell people to back off,” said Baranyi, who was close to Babbitt when she was shot outside the speaker’s entrance, during the hearing of. sentencing Friday.

Baranyi said Babbitt “tried to climb. He wasn’t listening and there were guns drawn.” A US Capitol police investigation found in August 2021 that the officer who shot Babbitt did so “lawfully and within the policy of the department.”
Thomas Baranyi on January 6, 2021.Thomas Baranyi on January 6, 2021.

“The worst part would be after the fact that when I could have done anything, provided any kind of help, I just took out my phone and recorded it,” Baranyi told Judge Boasberg, describing his lack of help as “not only humiliating, it is a personal failure”.

He added that since the Capitol uprising he has received “training for rescuers” so that if ever he finds himself in a similar situation he can “match the moment” and “not falter.”

Boasberg also sentenced Baranyi to one year of probation, a restitution payment of $ 500 and 60 hours of community service.

This story has been updated with more details.