Government lawyers want a judge to deny Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer bail
Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer is currently in police custody for his involvement in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Now, it looks like government lawyers are requesting that a judge deny the guitarist bail.
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Shortly after the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, Jon Schaffer was identified amongst the crowd of Pro-Trump supporters.
After he was identified by those in the metal music community, his Iced Earth bandmates released a statement denouncing the U.S. Capitol riots. However, they failed to address Schaffer’s involvement in the insurrection. Additionally, singer Stu Block attempted to clarify his stance on the riots after a now-deleted post seemingly showed he was in support of the U.S. Capitol breach.
Finally, on Monday, we learned that Indiana police arrested Jon Schaffer. Currently, the metal guitarist is facing six charges including “engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building.” According to the tweet, Schaffer was allegedly one of the rioters who sprayed police with bear spray.
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According to WishTV, some of the other charges Schaffer is facing include “disrupting the orderly conduct of government business” and “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.”
Now, it looks like government lawyers are trying to deny Schaffer bail. WishTV reports that lawyers are asking the judge to not grant Schaffer a bond when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate.
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For now, Schaffer will remain in the Marion County Jail as a federal prisoner until at least Friday. However, he will then have to prove to the federal magistrate that he is not a threat to the public or himself if released on bail.
As it turns out, others who have been arrested for the insurrection at the Capitol have been granted bail. However, they had to surrender their firearms, avoid contact with other Capitol rioters and stay away from all state capitol buildings.
Earlier this week, we learned that Iced Earth’s label Century Media may be taking action following Schaffer’s arrest. Both of Schaffer’s projects - Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards - have disappeared from the label’s online roster. Although the bands no longer appear on the label’s current roster, they are also missing from the roster of former artists. As well, both of the band’s merch is no longer available on Century Media’s webstore.
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At this time, Century Media has not released an official statement regarding the disappearance of Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards from its site roster.
Last week, Iced Earth fans took to Schaffer’s recent Kickstarter campaign to express their thoughts on his involvement in the Jan. 6 events. Not too long ago, the guitarist launched a Kickstarter campaign for Wicked Words & Epic Tales, “a collection of Jon Schaffer’s lyrics, interviews and a chronicle of the artwork that they inspired.” The campaign has earned 666 backers and raised over $100,000.
However, many fans are now requesting refunds from the Kickstarter, sharing that they regret ever supporting Schaffer. Meanwhile, others are praising the guitarist’s recent actions and say that they cannot wait for his book to arrive.
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