Alan Dershowitz Blasts Sentencing of ‘QAnon Shaman’, Man Who Came to Become Face of Jan. 6 Riot, After Judge Gives Him An Astounding 41 Months In Prison

Former Harvard University constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz reacted negatively to a sentence handed down on Wednesday to the man who came to be the face of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Known as “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley was pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 41 months behind bars by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, a Reagan appointee.

That sentence was excessive and way “out of line,” Dershowitz maintained, adding that it also tramples “on the First Amendment.”

Newsmax reported:

Portrayed by federal prosecutors as the face of the protest that breached the U.S. Capitol, Chansley received one of the harshest sentences imposed for the incident. That came despite U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth admitting the self-described “QAnon Shaman” — widely known for his shirtless appearance with painted face and horned fur headdress — had no record and committed no violence during the disturbance.

Lamberth told Chansley, “You made yourself the epitome of the riot.”

However, Dershowitz maintains that shouldn’t have been a factor.

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“To increase a sentence because one is the face of a demonstration or violence is to tread on the First Amendment,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “Being the face of something is protected and should not be a basis for increasing punishment.

“[Sentencing] has to be completely equal without regard to partisan issues,” Dershowitz continued, noting many rioters from last summer had light sentences or charges dropped.

“This does seem out of line considering the sentences or lack of prosecution of those from the hard left,” he added.

Newsmax went on to add:

Chansley pleaded guilty to one count of disrupting an official proceeding, a charge which carries a maximum of 20 years but sentencing guidelines call for anywhere from 41 to 51 months.

Lamberth imposed the same sentence last week on Scott Fairlamb, 44, of New Jersey for punching a police officer during the Jan. 6 protest.

Dershowitz wasn’t the only one to rebuke the sentence.

The former Harvard professor was not the only one who believes that Chansley’s sentence was excessive.

Jim Hanson, president of the Security Studies Group, called it an “obscene miscarriage for justice for partisan political purposes.”

“A single count of obstructing a proceeding of congress,” he wrote on Twitter. “ZERO violence But 41 months.”

And liberal investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald also railed at Democratic leftists who have championed “justice reform” but are cheering Chansley’s harsh sentence.

“The DOJ acknowledges Jacob Chansley, the Q Shaman, did not violently attack anyone on January 6,” he tweeted.

“Despite that, he has been held in solitary confinement for 10 months, and was just sentenced to **3 1/2** years in prison. And the ‘criminal justice reform’ advocates will cheer.”