Searching for the world's smallest violin to play the saddest song for Christopher Ray Grider, a local winery owner facing charges relating to the insurrection at the nation's capital.

According to a report from our news partners at KWTX, Christopher Ray Grider recently appealed to a judge to have his ankle monitor removed so that he could have more "flexibility" to take his children on summer vacations.

Grider is currently named in a 7-count indictment following the January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. The charges are as follows:

  1. Obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting
  2. Destruction of government property and aiding and abetting
  3. Entering and remaining in a restricted building
  4. Disorderly and disruptive conflict in a restricted building or grounds
  5. Disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building
  6. Impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings
  7. Act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings

Grider was named in an arrest warrant, and surrendered January 21st. After just a few weeks, Grider and his lawyer attempted to revoke his detention order multiple times. After just one month, Grider was released on February 24 with conditions such as wearing a GPS ankle monitor and following a curfew.

In April, a gag order was supposedly considered to ensure a fair trial and impartial jury, with several media companies ready to file counter motions. Thankfully, the gag order didn't happen and you can see that news of Grider's arrest and charges are still very much public.

Nonetheless, Grider still has complaints and wants to rid himself of his pesky ankle monitor. Grider, along with several others facing charges, claims that he was just one of many who got caught up in the events that transpired that tragic day.

I think U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said it best.

“Make no mistake, Mr. Grider, you did participate,” Judge Jackson said, addressing him directly. “You did have a role in one of the most egregious assaults on our democracy in the history of this country.”

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