DC Circuit Court Revises Condition in January 6 Sentencing

The DC Court of Appeals recently decided in the case of Daniel Goodwyn, a Texas resident who faced charges related to the events of January 6th. After pleading guilty, Goodwyn was sentenced and later appeared in an interview to discuss his situation and that of others involved in the incidents. The court’s rulings on Goodwyn’s sentencing and subsequent appeals highlight ongoing legal proceedings related to that day.

On January 31, 2023, Goodwyn pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his involvement in January 6th. Following his plea, he participated in an interview with Tucker Carlson, where he talked about his experiences and how people could support affected families. Judge Reggie Walton addressed these actions during Goodwyn’s June 6, 2023, sentencing.

In his remarks, Judge Walton expressed concern over the media’s portrayal of the defendants on January 6th and emphasized the importance of accurate information. He noted that misinformation contributes to national discord concerning the presidential election and the events of January 6th.

Goodwyn was sentenced to two months in jail, fined $2,500, ordered to pay $500 in restitution, and placed under supervised release for one year. Additionally, Judge Walton mandated mental health treatment if deemed necessary by probation officers and required regular inspections of Goodwyn’s computer devices by federal probation due to his use of social media.

Following his release from prison, Goodwyn requested the return of his passport and electronic devices seized upon arrest. The judge agreed to return his passport but allowed the FBI to retain his electronics. Later developments saw Goodwyn appeal against the condition requiring his phone and computer to be monitored by probation services.

The appeals court ruling vacated the computer-monitoring condition and remanded for further proceedings. The court found that imposing this condition without considering its relevance to sentencing factors or its necessity was an error.

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