A Capitol rioter’s lawyer, who helped secure his release from prison, said his client has not paid him for his work and isn’t returning any of his phone calls, The Daily Beast reported.
Mark Sahady, a computer programmer and Army veteran from Massachusetts, was arrested and charged in January with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority.
He was first held in Wyatt Detention Center in Rhode Island but was later released under strict conditions, including a ban on organizing any demonstrations.
Sahady has apparently also not stopped attending rallies. He was recently spotted at an anti-mask “freedom rally” in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, despite being under indictment, the Daily Beast reported. Footage of the event, obtained by the Daily Beast, shows Sahady speaking on stage.
His lawyer, Rinaldo Del Gallo III, who helped secure Sahady’s release, told the Daily Beast he had not been paid for his work.
“I have a motion to disappear from the case because (1) my client hasn’t paid me at all for work performed in this case and (2) he is not returning my phone calls,” defense attorney Del Gallo III told the Daily Beast.
Del Gallo said he is frustrated by this outcome because he’s been tirelessly working on the case and even had to pull several all-nighters to prepare the defense that ultimately got Sahady out of jail. The defense attorney declined to specify how much money his client owes him.
“What particularly bothered me is that I had done a lot of pro bono work for Mark’s groups in the First Amendment area which seemed to count for nothing, and he clearly has the ability to pay,” Del Gallo added.
Sahaday is the leader of “Super Fun America,” a right-wing, anti-LGBTQ+ group that made headlines in 2019 for organizing a “straight pride” parade in Boston.
On the day of the Capitol insurrection, he organized 11 buses with other groups to go to Washington DC, posting pictures of the event on social media, according to WBUR News.
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“Often, when clients are in trouble and in jail, they cry, ‘My kingdom for a horse,'” said attorney Del Gallo. “Once they have extricated themselves from the morass, there is an onset of amnesia regarding the trouble they were in.”
Sahady now has a new lawyer representing him and is due back in court on April 1. Legal experts told the Daily Beast that Sahady’s recent conduct could potentially constitute a violation of the bail conditions set by the court.