Court action delayed for East Helena brothers accused in Capitol breach

Phil Drake

A pre-trial meeting was delayed Monday until Aug. 4 for two East Helena brothers facing charges stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection upon the Capitol in Washington, D.C., saying more time was needed “to review the Government’s voluminous discovery” and all parties’ needed more time for plea negotiations.

U.S. District of Columbia District Judge Timothy J. Kelly approved the request from the attorneys to move the conference for Jerod and Joshua Hughes.

Also on Monday, Kelly denied a request by Jerod Hughes to dismiss one of the counts against him, in which Hughes said his alleged conduct that day did not impair an official proceeding, however, Kelly said there is precedent that says otherwise and dismissed the request.

Jerod Hughes’ attorney, Jonathan Zucker, made the motion to delay Monday’s status conference, stating: “There has been a large discovery disclosure including multiple hours of recorded materials that defense counsel have not had an opportunity to review.”

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He said it could take weeks, if not months, to review the most recent information.

“All sides are interested in pursuing a negotiated disposition in this case and anticipate there

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