Infowars Host Wants to Appeal to US Supreme Court Over Jan. 6 Case

The Infowars host who was sentenced to prison this week in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach said that he will appeal.

The Infowars host who was sentenced to prison this week in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach said that he will try to take his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court—if necessary.

Infowars host Owen Shroyer told Tim Pool’s show on Tuesday that “we plan to appeal” the case after his sentencing of 60 days in jail, adding that there are “questions” about the process and whether it will be denied. His lawyer told the court that an appeal will soon be filed, he said.

“We believe that this is an important enough case to make it to the Supreme Court, and maybe that’s where we prefer this case ends up, is at the Supreme Court because we believe it is that big of a free speech issue,” Mr. Shroyer said Tuesday.

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At least for the time being, according to Mr. Shroyer, an appeal would also allow him to not be incarcerated and instead remain under his “strict probation” instead.

Mr. Shroyer, a journalist, never entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but prosecutors claimed that he shouted slogans that made the crowd of protesters agitated before they entered the building. They had argued that some individuals who entered the Capitol listened to his chanting.

Notably, he yelled “1776” in reference to the date the American Revolutionary War started. The judge, Timothy Kelly, told him that he had no issue with the “1776” phrase but alleged Mr. Shroyer was “amping up the crowd with a bullhorn.”

“I don’t think you were trying to distract the crowd or move the crowd away from the Capitol,” he added, claiming that Mr. Shroyer’s role as a journalist didn’t play any role in the ultimate sentence. Federal prosecutors had wanted the Infowars host to serve 120 days in jail but the judge cut it down to 60 days.

Mr. Shroyer had argued that he was using the bullhorn “to get the attention and draw the crowds away,” adding that he wasn’t attempting to stir up the crowd.

Previously, he admitted to entering a restricted area during the breach. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of entering and remaining on restricted grounds in June 2023.

Infowars host Owen Shroyer in a file image in Texas. (Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
Infowars host Owen Shroyer in a file image in Texas. (Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
Prosecutors wrote in court papers (pdf) that Mr. Shroyer entered Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 and allegedly led demonstrators with a megaphone as the crowd marched to the building. They said he could be heard on video saying “we march for the Capitol because on this historic January 6, 2021 we have to let our congressmen and women know, and we have to let [Vice President] Mike Pence know, they stole the election, we know they stole it, and we aren’t going to accept it.”

His lawyers said that he attended as a journalist and was covering the event to report on it. Meanwhile, they argued, he did not commit any acts of violence or attempt to impede or obstruct the proceedings.

“Mr. Shroyer, and every person capable of speaking in the United States, has a right to utter the speech Mr. Shroyer used. That the Government would suggest otherwise is a frightening commentary on our times,” his attorney, Norm Pattis, wrote in a court filing (pdf) on Sunday, Sept. 10.
After the judge’s sentencing decision, Mr. Pattis told Newsweek that “punishing a journalist for his speech and ‘disinformation’ is shocking,” adding that the court incorrectly held that “Mr. Shroyer’s protected speech was ‘relevant offense conduct’ warranting imprisonment.”

After the sentence was handed down, some critics say it is an affront to the First Amendment and should be appealed.

Responding to the case, GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy wrote on social media this week that “there is no greater threat to the First Amendment than the use of police power to silence political dissent.”

“Yesterday a man by the name of Owen Shroyer was sentenced to prison for *speech*, not violence, on Jan 6—for marching around the Capitol, using a bull horn, & shouting things like ‘1776!’ No violence. Didn’t enter the Capitol. That’s it,” Ramaswamy wrote on X, or Twitter, on Wednesday. “On Day 1 [of a Ramaswamy presidency], I will pardon all non-violent Jan 6 protesters & political prisoners.”

Another Infowars employee, Samuel Montoya, was sentenced in April to four months of home detention. He entered the Capitol and notably recorded a Capitol Police officer shooting and killing protester Ashli Babbitt, one of several Trump supporters who died that day.

Some 1,100 people have been charged with federal crimes in connection to the Jan. 6 breach, while more than 650 have entered guilty pleas. About 600 have been sentenced, with several receiving prison terms of more than 20 years.

Previously, Mr. Shroyer signed an agreement in 2019 after he interrupted an impeachment-related congressional hearing that he wouldn’t use “loud, threatening or abusive language, or to engage in any disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place upon the United States Capitol Grounds.”

Mr. Pattis also told media outlets that prosecutors had sought to probe Mr. Shroyer’s phone to find any links between President Trump, Infowars chief Alex Jones, and the Jan. 6 incident. However, they found nothing, he said.

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