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Court rejects Steve Bannon’s appeal to delay prison sentence

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon lost an emergency appeal to delay his July 1 prison sentence. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against Bannon, with Judge Justin Walker, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, dissenting. Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison in October 2022 after defying a congressional subpoena […]

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon lost an emergency appeal to delay his July 1 prison sentence.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against Bannon, with Judge Justin Walker, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, dissenting. Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison in October 2022 after defying a congressional subpoena by the Jan. 6 Committee.

The Department of Justice intervened earlier this week to ask the court to deny Bannon’s appeal for a delay.


FILE – Steve Bannon appears in court in New York, Jan. 12, 2023. Bannon says he’ll fight a judge’s ruling Thursday, June 6, 2024, that he must report to prison by July 1 to serve his four-month sentence for defying a subpoena from the House committee that investigated the U.S. Capitol insurrection. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)

“Bannon also cannot reconcile his claim for special treatment with the bedrock principle of equal justice under the law. Even-handed application of the bail statute requires Bannon’s continued detention,” it said in a filing.

Bannon’s lawyer argued in an emergency filing last week that he should remain out of prison because of his intention “to vigorously pursue his remaining appeals.”

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“Before the prosecution of Mr. Bannon, it had been 50 years since the government convinced a jury to convict someone for not adequately responding to a congressional subpoena—and there has certainly been no shortage of disputes over congressional subpoenas during that time,” the filing read. “Mr. Bannon intends to vigorously pursue his remaining appeals in this case and has retained experienced Supreme Court counsel. In the meantime, he asks this Court to allow him to remain on release.”

Bannon recently learned that he would be imprisoned in a low-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut, rather than the more comfortable minimum-security prison known as “Club Fed.”

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