Thomas Adams Jr. revised his apology after being found guilty on Tuesday of taking part in the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
On Wednesday, he told the State Journal-Register, “I wouldn’t change anything I did, in a courtroom setting,
Adams had admitted to illegally entering the Capitol and wandering into the Senate chamber. He declared that he was prepared to occupy the structure for days. He was found guilty of two felonies as a result: hindering an official proceeding and assisting others in hindering an official proceeding.
US District Judge Amit Mehta had concerns about that interview since he permitted Adams to be free as he awaited sentencing. The convictions resulted from a “stipulated” bench trial, a quick trial in which all parties are in agreement on the facts and the judge determines whether the facts support a conviction.
Mehta granted both parties a week to argue why the convictions shouldn’t be overturned on Friday, which meant Adams’ case would not be decided after all. A copy of the interview was included with the judge’s order. According to Politico, courts don’t enjoy accepting phony guilty pleas, and judges in cases from the Jan. 6th have been particularly irritated by defendants who act contrite in court but not outside of it.
Adams appeared to act in that way this week. He told the Journal-Register, “I still don’t feel like I did what the allegation is, even though I had to accept responsibility.