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Pizzeria Owner Mounts Truly Bizarre Defense for Jan. 6 Riots

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A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly stormed the Capitol and told a police officer to “bring Nancy Pelosi out here now… we want to hang that fucking bitch” has filed court documents claiming to be a divinely empowered entity immune from laws.

Pauline Bauer, a Pennsylvania pizzeria owner, is accused of multiple counts of violent entry, disruptive conduct, and obstruction of Congress after she allegedly broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6. Prosecutors allege that Bauer tried organizing buses to transport people to D.C. for a rally that preceded the riot, and that while in the Capitol rotunda she told police that she wanted to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But in what experts describe as an inadvisable legal strategy, Bauer has demanded to represent herself in court, appeared to threaten a court clerk with prison time, and declared herself a “self-governed individual” with special legal privileges.

Bauer does not simply appear in court, she clarified during a June 11 proceeding via Zoom. “I am here by special divine appearance, a living soul,” she told a judge that day, while stating that she did not want an attorney.

“I do not stand under the law,” she said. “Under Genesis 1, God gave man dominion over the law.”

Reached for comment, Bauer’s court-appointed lawyer confirmed that she had been tapped as Bauer’s “stand-by” counsel, but declined to comment further. Bauer could not be reached for comment. Last month, she served one night in jail for contempt of court. She was set free after she verbally agreed to the court’s pretrial release conditions, which included turning over her guns to a relative. But her unusual legal tactics appear far from over, according to a new tranche of court filings.

In one document, filed last week, Bauer........

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