InfoWars host Owen Shroyer will go to trial after a federal judge ruled that his prosecution was not “vindictive” as he’d claimed, WUSA reports.
Shroyer, who hosts the show The War Room with Owen Shroyer on the far-right Infowars network that’s headed by Alex Jones, was charges in August with four misdemeanor counts, including entering a restricted grounds and disorderly conduct. The Justice Department says he can be seen in images standing next to Jones and “Stop the Steal” rally organizer Ali Alexander in a restricted area of the Capitol grounds near the inauguration stage. As WUSA points out, neither Jones nor Alexander have been charged in connection with the riot to this day.
The motion to dismiss the charges against Shroyer was filed in October when his attorney argued that the DOJ had failed to disclose video evidence and that the charges against him amounted to “vindictive prosecution.”
[U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly] pointed out the Justice Department had provided a link to the magistrate judge to all publicly available video from January 6, and that there was nothing to suggest Shroyer was being specifically targeted. He also said Shroyer’s argument that he couldn’t have known he was in a restricted area was undermined by the fact that he signed a detailed pretrial diversion agreement banning him from the Capitol after he was arrested in 2019 for disrupting a hearing during the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump.