Alleged 1/6 failed-coup participant Mark Sahady has asked a judge in Washington to free him from limitations set by a judge in Massachusetts that prohibit him from going near the State House - which he frets might even prevent him from riding the Red Line, which runs in a tunnel under the State House grounds.
After his arrest in January at the Malden home he shares with his mother, a federal judge in Boston ordered Sahady to stay away from the seat of Massachusetts government. Sahady's case was soon transferred to Washington federal court, where another judge issued a new set of pre-trial limits that included ordering him to stay out of Washington, except for court appearances, but which said nothing about the Massachusetts State House.
In a motion filed earlier this week, Sahady's current lawyer asked the DC judge to specifically state that the Boston restrictions are no longer in place and that Sahady is no longer barred from any location in Massachusetts, including the State House, both because the Boston order potentially conflicts with the DC order and because some of its conditions are "unnecessary, unenforceable and inappropriate."
For example, how does one "stay away" from the Massachusetts State House? Boston's subway, the "T," traverses the substrata beneath the State House. Would Defendant violate the order by taking that line of the T? The State House is adjacent to the Boston Commons - home to aggressive geese and frequented by city residents and visitors alike. Did the Massachusetts court intend to bar Defendant from this popular and storied public space?
The motion does not note that while the Red Line passes under the State House grounds, it does not stop there. Also, the geese are in the Public Garden, not on the Common, which you would think Sahady might know because he had previously helped organize demonstrations on the Common and on Beacon Street, which separates the Common from the State House.
In addition to the State House restriction, Sahady's lawyer asked the DC judge to toss another restriction originally set in Boston barring Sahady from organizing or attending any political rallies or demonstrations, as a violation of his First-Amendment rights.