WASHINGTON DC – Exactly three years later, January 6 defendant Edward (Jacob) Lang is still awaiting a trial for over a dozen charges related to his involvement in the assault on the Capitol …
WASHINGTON DC – Exactly three years later, January 6 defendant Edward (Jacob) Lang is still awaiting a trial for over a dozen charges related to his involvement in the assault on the Capitol building in 2021. After multiple pushbacks, his trial date is set for September 9.
This date would set his time awaiting a trial at 3 years and nine months.
Lang, 26, is a longtime resident of Narrowsburg and Honesdale High School graduate, and was arrested in Newburgh, where he was currently living, just 10 days after the raid.
He is the son of Sullivan County businessman, Ned Lang, owner of Lang EnviroVentures in Narrowsburg.
His trial date was moved twice last year. At first, it was switched to May, and then later shifted to October. However, his trial was put on hold once more due to a pending Supreme Court appeal that eyed the possibility of the elimination of one of his 13 Federal charges.
One of those charges is that of obstruction of an official proceeding. However, this charge faces a possibility of being dismissed by the US Supreme Court as their decision anticipated by June could affect Lang, as well as nearly 300 other January Sixer defendants and former President Donald Trump.
The crime can see the defendant serve a maximum of 20 years in prison, if convicted.
In addition to the obstruction charge, he has been accused of fighting with police for about two hours with his fists, feet, a baseball bat and shield. Social media saw his presence on the day, with multiple instances of Lang posting photos of himself along with words such as “give me liberty or give me death.”
According to an Associated Press review of court records, at least 152 people have been convicted at trial or pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding, and at least 108 of them have been sentenced. Lang’s time spent in jail for January 6-related charges ranks as one of the lengthiest. However, some who were facing similar charges have since been fully acquitted.
In reports, the defendant noted his actions taken in opposition to Capitol Police were as a means of responding to the violence perpetrated by law enforcement.
Lang, arrested on January 16, 2021, has now been behind bars exactly 1,095 days.
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