WASHINGTON, DC (WKBN) – A lot has happened over the past few months in the case of an East Liverpool man who is charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol violation.
It appeared a few months ago that a settlement would be reached for Kenneth Thomas, but the case has moved forward and a trial is pending in March 2023.
A Southington man was arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 break-in at the Capitol
This week, Thomas filed several motions to include a change of venue, to keep certain words out of the trial, asked to have a charge dropped and changed attorneys, according to court documents.
Thomas is asking that these words not be included in the court proceedings:
- Anti-government extremism
- The rebels
Thomas also doesn’t want to characterize him as an “anti-government extremist,” according to court documents.
He also says he can’t get a fair trial in the District of Columbia, where a large majority are government workers or family members and 92 percent of D.C. residents voted for Joe Biden, according to court documents.
Thomas wants the case moved to the Northern District of Ohio.
Responses to their motions are due in January. His trial is set for March 14, 2023.
Thomas faces multiple charges, including civil disorder, two counts of obstructing an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; assault, resist or impede certain agents; enter and remain in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or grounds; engage in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and acts of physical violence on Capitol grounds or buildings.
Thomas is asking the court to dismiss count two of the indictment alleging obstruction of an official proceeding citing a previous case where it was decided that the charge is a violation “when such person” takes[s] any action with respect to a document, record or other object with the purpose of obstructing, preventing or corruptly influencing an official proceeding”.
Thomas is due back in court on January 5.
His lawyer also changed this week from Joseph Conte to John Pierce.