Mr. Troy Smocks was sentenced by Judge Tanya Chutkan
In issuing her sentence, Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a last-minute appeal from Troy Smocks — who is Black — to claim he was the victim of a racist justice system. Speaking to Chutkan, Smocks, 59, described his upbringing in the segregated South and invoked Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as he claimed he was facing harsher treatment than those who breached the Capitol because of his race.
But Chutkan, who is also Black, said she found Smocks’ commentary “offensive” and lacking in any remorse for egging on violence.
Smocks “encouraged people who were actively fighting law enforcement, people who were actively engaged in trying to stop the transition of power,” Chutkan said. “Many of those people were violent, many of them defaced the halls of Congress. Mr. Smocks now seeks to somehow compare himself and drape himself in the mantle of civil rights. I, for one, find that offensive.”
The sentence tops the eight-month jail term handed to Paul Hodgkins, who breached the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 but was not accused of violence.