If your defendant likes to impersonate Hitler, it’s probably a good idea to keep him off the stand.
Add to this the fact that he test drove, under oath, the lamest excuses imaginable:
A January 6 rioter and alleged White supremacist was convicted Friday on all five charges he faced after hitching his case to the claim that he didn’t know Congress met at the United States Capitol.
“I thought there were several buildings called ‘Capitol building,'” Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an alleged Nazi sympathizer and Army reservist, told the jury Thursday, adding that he was “from New Jersey” and was “idiotic” and ignorant. “I did not realize that Congress met in the Capitol.”
Several jurors rolled their eyes during this explanation and Hale-Cusanelli later said he was knowledgeable regarding the workings of the Electoral College process and American politics generally, which he took classes on in college.
The jurors, in addition to rolling their eyes during his testimony, said later he sunk himself by testifying on his own behalf:
One juror said that he was able to “put aside” Hale-Cusanelli’s “foul language,” including his anti-Semitic comments. “You have people who have views like that,” the juror said, “but the fact is that he took further actions.”
The juror told CNN that Hale-Cusanelli’s testimony came off as “damage control,” and that it was his comments on the stand that “did him in.”
“It’s hard to believe that you came all the way from where you live with your favorite suit and not know where this building is,” another juror said. “After listening to the former president, and he directed you to do what you did, it’s hard to believe you didn’t know where the building was.”
Bonus Hitler pictures below.
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