“Proud Boys” Leader Jeremy Bertino Appears to Have Flipped/Turned State’s Evidence (“Pentito”); Pleads Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy in Relation to Jan. 6 2021 US Capitol Protests

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The “seditious conspiracy” law is badly written and needs to be re-written. Lumped in with conspiring to overthrow the US Government is the vague “delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof…”: 18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy- “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2384

According to the USDOJ news release: “Bertino understood from his discussions… that the purpose of traveling to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, was to stop the certification of the Electoral College Vote, and that the MOSD leaders were willing to do whatever it would take, including using force against police and others, to achieve that objective.”

As part of the plea agreement, Bertino has agreed to cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation

Proud Boys” leader Jeremy Joseph Bertino, an Italian American, appears to have flipped and turned state’s evidence (“pentito”). Self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” Roger Stone is connected to the “Proud Boys”, which was founded by Canadian Gavin McInnes. While January 6th protests attracted those who were legitimately concerned about democracy and apparent election fraud, it has become clear that Roger Stone, Alex Jones, and some others, almost certainly work for Russia or for whoever Putin works for, and acted as “agents provocateurs”. Roger Stone is part Italian, as well as French Canadian. As Austria-Hungary was a multi-ethnic state, his supposed Hungarian ancestry could be of any ethnicity, including Italian. Recall that Roger Stone was friends-business partners with Paul Manafort. Roger Stone was also friends with mafia lawyer Roy Cohn, who was also Trump’s lawyer.

Pentito (Italian pronunciation: [penˈtiːto]; lit. “repentant”; plural: pentiti) is used colloquially to designate collaborators of justice in Italian criminal procedure terminology who were formerly part of criminal organizations and decided to collaborate with a public prosecutor. The judicial category of pentiti was originally created in 1970s to combat violence and terrorism during the period of left- and right-wing terrorism known as the Years of Lead. During the 1986–87 Maxi Trial, and after the testimony of Tommaso Buscetta, the term was increasingly applied to former members of organized crime who had abandoned their organization and started helping investigators.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentito

A person who has taken part in an offence connected with a criminal organization possesses important knowledge about the organization’s structure, method of operation, activities and links with other local or foreign groups. An increasing number of countries have introduced legislation or policies to facilitate cooperation by such people in the investigation of cases involving organized crime. These individuals are known by a variety of names, including cooperating witnesses, crown witnesses, witness collaborators, justice collaborators, state witnesses, “supergrasses” and pentiti (Italian for “those who have repented”). There is no moral element involved in their motivation to cooperate. Many of them cooperate with the expectation of receiving immunity or at least a reduced prison sentence and physical protection for themselves and their families. They are among the main participants in witness protection programmes.

The combination of lenience in (or even immunity from) prosecution with witness protection is considered a powerful tool in the successful prosecution of organized crime cases.7 However, the practice can raise ethical issues as it may be perceived as rewarding criminals with impunity for their crimes.8 To address those concerns, a growing number of legal systems provide that the “benefit” to collaborators is not complete immunity for their involvement in criminal activities but rather a sentence reduction that may be granted only at the end of their full cooperation in the trial process.

Legislation and policy in a number of countries clearly separate admission to a witness protection programme from any benefits that participants may be granted by the prosecution or court with respect to past criminal behaviour, and they provide that justice collaborators must serve some prison time for their crimes”. https://www.unodc.org/documents/organized-crime/Witness-protection-manual-Feb08.pdf

American courts adopted English common-law practices relating to witnesses turning state’s evidence, “and expanded them to include leniency agreements as well as immunity agreements.”[10] In American parlance, a defendant who agrees to cooperate with prosecutors and give information against co-conspirators (often those with greater culpability) is also said to flip.[2][11][12][13] Witnesses who have turned state’s evidence have been important in organized crime cases in the United States, such as those against the American Mafia. The first mafiosi who turned state’s evidence, such as Joseph Valachi and Jimmy Fratianno, did so in response to threats on their life from Mafia associates; later cooperators were motivated to cooperate in order to avoid heavy sentences, such as those provided for under the RICO Act. Some who turned state’s evidence were permitted to participate in the Witness Security Program (WITSEC).[14] Among the highest-ranking Mafia members to turn state’s evidence was Salvatore Gravano (“Sammy the Bull”), an underboss of the Gambino crime family who pleaded guilty to 19 murders and agreed to testify against family boss John Gotti; as a result, Gravano was sentenced to 5 years and Gotti was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992.[15][16] Joseph Massino was also the first boss of one of the Five Families in New York City to turn state’s evidence.[17]…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_state%27s_evidence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Former Leader of Proud Boys Pleads Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy for Efforts to Stop Transfer of Power Following 2020 Presidential Election

Defendant Also Pleaded to Firearms Charge Stemming from Search of Home This Year

A former leader of the Proud Boys pleaded guilty today to seditious conspiracy for his actions before and during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His and others’ actions sought to stop the transfer of power by disrupting a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

Jeremy Bertino, 43, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to seditious conspiracy in connection with the Capitol breach. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, stemming from a court-authorized search of his residence in March 2022. As part of the plea agreement, Bertino has agreed to cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation.

According to court documents, the Proud Boys describe themselves as members of a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world, aka Western Chauvinists.” Bertino joined the Proud Boys in approximately 2018 and was, for a time, the vice president of his local Proud Boys chapter in South Carolina.

As stated in the court documents, on multiple occasions in 2020, Bertino traveled to Washington, D.C., for rallies as a member of the Proud Boys. During one trip, on Dec. 12, 2020, several individuals, including Bertino and other Proud Boys members, were involved in an altercation. During that altercation, Bertino, among others, was stabbed. Bertino was hospitalized, released, and was still recovering outside of the Washington D.C. area from his injuries as of Jan. 6, 2021. Otherwise, he would have traveled to Washington.

In December 2020, Bertino accepted an invitation from Enrique Tarrio, then Proud Boys’ national chairman, to join a new chapter that Tarrio had devised called the “Ministry of Self Defense” (MOSD). In the weeks leading to Jan. 6, Bertino participated in encrypted chats and other communication with members of MOSD leadership. Bertino understood from his discussions with MOSD leadership that they agreed that the presidential election had been stolen, that the purpose of traveling to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, was to stop the certification of the Electoral College Vote, and that the MOSD leaders were willing to do whatever it would take, including using force against police and others, to achieve that objective.

Bertino continued to participate in planning sessions as he recovered from his injures. At least as early as Jan. 4, 2021, he received encrypted chat messages indicating that members of MOSD leadership were discussing the possibility of storming the Capitol. On Jan. 6, Bertino monitored activities through mainstream and social media, as well as posting in the MOSD chats. He posted messages himself to MOSD leaders and members to encourage and assist in the operation, such as advising those on the grounds of the Capitol to “form a spear.” Similarly, Bertino posted to his public social media account, “DO NOT GO HOME. WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF SAVING THE CONSTITUTION.” On the evening of Jan. 6, 2021, Bertino messaged Tarrio and celebrated the achievement, saying, among other things, “You know we made this happen,” and “1776 motherf****r.”

The firearms charge stems from an FBI search of Bertino’s residence on March 8, 2022. While executing a search warrant, agents located six firearms, including an AR-15 style firearm with a scope, and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Bertino was barred from possessing firearms and/or ammunition due to a previous conviction.

Bertino was charged in a criminal information that was filed today. Five other members of the Proud Boys, including Tarrio, were indicted on June 6, 2022, on seditious conspiracy and other charges. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. A sixth member of the group, Charles Donohoe, 34, of Kernersville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on April 8, 2022, to conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

Bertino faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and up to 10 years in prison for the firearms charge. The charges also carry potential financial penalties. No sentencing date was set. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington, Charlotte, and Columbia, South Carolina Field Offices.

In the 20 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 870 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 265 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
Topic(s): 
National Security
Firearms Offenses
Component(s): 
National Security Division (NSD)
Press Release Number: 
22-1076
Updated October 6, 2022
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-leader-proud-boys-pleads-guilty-seditious-conspiracy-efforts-stop-transfer-power

The only site raising questions about this guilty plea is Jim Hoft at the “Gateway Pundit”, which should be renamed the “Gay-way” pundit. Maybe he’s an economic conservative, but he’s not a social or Christian conservative. Homosexuality is not a “conservative value” in the United States. He’s married to a man. A man marrying a man is not a “conservative value”. And, marrying a foreigner from a poor country who is approximately half one’s age is repugnant, period. It’s almost like prostitution. Jim Hoft imported-married a young man, approximately half his age (more or less), from the Philippines. Jim looks old for his age and his husband looks young for his age. He’s free to do as he pleases in the United States, including going to a church. However, the Bible is clear in its criticism of homosexuality. It’s horrible the way he has lured Christian conservatives to his web site, who vehemently oppose homosexuality, and apparently tricked them into thinking he is conservative. This is making a mockery of them. The “Gateway Pundit” appears to have some connection to Putin apologist, Vigano, as well. No matter how tempting, Christian conservatives should not be linking to the “Gateway Pundit” site, apart from criticizing it. Clicks on the site give it advertising revenue: https://web.archive.org/web/20221007042057/https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/suspicious-mysterious-proud-boy-member-pleads-guilty-seditious-conspiracy-talking-smack-group-text-not-capitol/

Food for thought regarding another sexually confused man, who offered to become a Russian spy: “SPY PLOT First openly trans US Army officer Jamie Lee Henry & wife Anna Gabrielian charged with scheme to give info to Russia” By Cheyenne R. Ubiera 20:07, 29 Sep 2022 Updated: 22:48, 29 Sep 2022 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/19962440/jamie-lee-henry-anna-gabrielian-major-russia-md

ICYMI: “Conservative” Gateway Pundit Founder-Editor & Apparent Owner is a Gay Man Married to a Man Approximately Half His Age; Same-Sex Marriage is Now “Conservative”?