A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that the “QAnon shaman,” who was charged with taking part in the deadly riots at the Capitol, get organic food in a D.C. correctional facility after his lawyer told the court that his client needed the special diet for religious and health reasons.
Because of his “shamanic belief system and way of life,” eating food that isn’t organic or has “unnatural chemicals” would cause the client, Jacob Chansley, “systemic responses that are not simply discomforting, but debilitating and, notably, dehydrating,” attorney Albert Watkins wrote in a filing on Wednesday. Chansley had lost more than 20 pounds and his condition was “declining,” Watkins wrote.
The Phoenix man was among the first people indicted by federal prosecutors in wake of the Capitol insurrection, which left five people dead. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, was charged with violating the Federal Anti-Riot Act and obstructing Congress, among other charges.
Prosecutors have argued that Chansley was “an active participant in” the “violent insurrection,” suggesting that charges of sedition or insurrection could be in the works for people involved.