"A DC district court judge on Thursday sentenced a man to jail for viewing content online that suggested the 2020 election was fraudulently stolen.
The man, Douglas Jensen, had been released on July 13 after a months-long incarceration in a DC jail for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 rally at the US Capitol.
One condition set by US District Judge Timothy Kelly upon Jensen’s pretrial release was he refrain from going online, 'specifically to stream election fraud conspiracy theory content,' reports Buzzfeed News.
During an unannounced compliance check, officers found Jensen in his garage streaming unidentified content from Rumble, which prosecutors claimed was a popular conservative platform.
'Jensen admitted to the court officer that he’d also spent two days watching a ‘cyber symposium’ hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the most prominent proponents of election fraud conspiracy theories,' writes Buzzfeed.
After Jensen’s lawyer Christopher Davis argued his client posed no threat to public safety and that he should not go to jail despite violating the terms of his release, an unconvinced Judge Kelly moved to send him back to prison.
'He’s simply unable to follow the conditions I’ve set out,' the judge said.
The case is exemplary of how a person’s freedom and protections under the First Amendment can be instantly stripped away at a district judge’s whim."
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