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Florida’s Adam Christian Johnson is incapable of joining riot? His lawyers explain

Adam Christian Johnson

Adam Christian Johnson

Adam Christian Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Florida, United States was one of the supporters of Donald Trump, 74, who breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. Because of this, the Parrish resident is now facing three federal charges.

During the U.S. Capitol riot, Getty Images photographer Win McNamee captured a photo of Johnson smiling while carrying the lectern of U.S. speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi through the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building. The photo went viral and he was recognized by an acquaintance named Allan Mestrel, who then notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


On January 8, 2021, Johnson was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County jail in Pinellas County, Florida and held on a U.S. Marshals arrest warrant. He was charged in federal court in Washington, D.C. with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of theft of government property and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

After appearing in a federal courtroom in Tampa, Florida on January 11, 2021, Johnson signed a signature bond worth $25,000 and was released. On the same day, his lawyers David Bigney and Dan Eckhart, who are both from Florida, were interviewed by CNN show “Cuomo Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo, 50.


For Cuomo, Johnson does not deserve Bigney and Eckhart’s help. In response, Eckhard said what is being done to their client on social media is “a mischaracterization.”

In an attempt to paint a picture of good man incapable of participating in a riot, Eckhrat described Johnson as a father of five and a family man married to a physician. Johnson went to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 “to witness a little bit of history,” Bigney added.

“He wasn’t involved in any coup,” Bigney said of Johnson. “He wasn’t involved in any planning of any entering of the Capitol. Things got out of hand.”

“You saw the pictures,” Bigney continued. “He was not there for any destruction, any treason. He was just there to witness history.”

Bigney attended the Nova Southeastern University‘s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 1994 to 1997. He owns The Bigney Law Firm, which is based in Orlando, Florida and was established in January 2000.

Eckhart earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA in 1988 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 1993. In March 2017, he established Dan Eckhart Law in Orlando.

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