Thomas Robertson, then a police officer in Virginia, was among the mob of Trump supporters who sacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 last year. Yesterday he was found guilty on six counts related to the riot.
Robertson faced six charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding, civil disorder, and entering and remaining is a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. Robertson's misdemeanor convictions were never really in doubt. Robertson's attorney even argued during his closing argument that the jury should convict his client of several of the misdemeanor charges he faced, conceding that there was no good argument to find his client not guilty. But Robertson's attorney Mark Rollins argued that the jury should spare his client of felony convictions, arguing that he never purposefully interfered with police officers on Jan. 6, and that the wooden stick he carried inside the Capitol was a walking stick not intended to be used as a weapon.