Woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop denied trial venue change

A Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing the laptop of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was denied a request to change her court venue to her home state.

The decision will now force the case to be held in Washington, D.C., where 23-year-old Riley Williams could face a less forgiving court.

The decision

“She cited a study that found the majority of D.C. residents surveyed presumed guilt for those accused of participating in the Capitol attack,” WITF reported.

“Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote in her opinion that Williams didn’t prove a jury would be tainted, and said the survey missed a broad chunk of potential jurors,” it added.

The charges

Williams faces seven different charges in the case. The full list of charges is listed ahead of the hearing.

They include civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, aiding and abetting theft of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

The trial is not expected to take place until sometime in 2023 after the midterm elections.

Williams was captured on video in the Capitol, so she may find it difficult to deny the charges, making her dependent on the jury selected in the case.

If her fate follows the pattern of others charged in the Capitol she could face a lengthy sentence.

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