Jan. 6 rioter who put feet on desk in Pelosi's office is convicted on all counts

An Arkansas man who was photographed during the Jan. 6 riot with his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, was found guilty on all counts Monday after

brief jury deliberations. Richard Barnett faced eight charges stemming from the insurrection, including theft of government property. He said repeatedly in court last week

that he regretted what transpired at the Capitol that day but did not consider his actions illegal. After the verdict, Barnett told reporters outside the court courthouse,

“This is not a jury of my peers. I don’t agree with the decision, but I do appreciate the process and we are surely going to appeal.” Barnett's attorney, Joseph McBride,

agreed with his client, saying Washington, D.C.’s political composition is not like the rest of the United States and that, coupled with Jan. 6 media coverage, “eviscerated any

chance of a fair trial.” Barnett is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3. Barnett became a widely known symbol of the riot when he was photographed reclining in a

chair in the speaker's office, with his feet propped up, and what the government referred to as a “stun device” tucked in his pants. Before leaving Pelosi’s office, Barnett took

an envelope that he later displayed for cameras outside the Capitol. In court Friday, before the case was handed to the jury, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gordon pored

over Barnett’s version of Jan. 6 and poked holes in his testimony, visibly angering Barnett. Barnett, who a day earlier had said he would apologize to Pelosi, D-Calif., if

she were in court, admitted during cross-examination that when a police officer told him he needed to leave her office he replied: “You need to give up communism.”