- Rich Klein
BREAKING: LANG LOSES APPEAL FOR HIS RELEASE ONE YEAR AFTER ARREST FOLLOWING CAPITOL RIOTS
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday upheld a lower court judge's decision to order the continued detention of Edward Jacob Lang, the Narrowsburg native who was arrested nearly one year ago in Newburgh following his participation in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Lang is awaiting trial after he was indicted on multiple felony charges in connection with his actions that day, including some that were documented in his own social media posts as they happened.
In upholding the September 20, 2021 order by Judge Carl J. Nichols, the Appellate Court wrote:
"The evidence proffered by the government shows that, over the course of two and a half hours on January 6, 2021, appellant repeatedly pushed, punched, and kicked at police officers defending the Lower West Terrace entrance to the Capitol building. He also slammed a door against one officer’s head and struck other officers first with a stolen riot shield and later with a metal baseball bat. As we explained in Munchel, “those who actually assaulted police officers . . . are in a different category of dangerousness than those who cheered on the violence or entered the Capitol after others cleared the way."
Lang's attorneys had previously argued that Lang should be released because he posed no danger to the community. They suggested to the court that he could live with his father, former Town of Tusten council member Ned Lang, who has long been a vocal and financial supporter of former President Donald Trump.