Law & Crime
The founder of “America’s Frontline Doctors” — the controversial group that has vocally opposed the Covid-19 vaccine and public health efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for joining the mob and breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Simone Melissa Gold, who was seen speaking through a bullhorn inside the Capitol Rotunda while standing on a statue of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower, will spend 2 months behind bars and one year on probation.
She pleaded guilty in March to a single count of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, a misdemeanor charge that carries a potential one-year jail sentence. Gold’s plea agreement had contemplated a sentence of up to six months based on multiple factors, including her acceptance of the guilty plea and her lack of criminal history.
Prosecutors had requested a sentence of 90 days in jail, one year of supervised release, and 60 hours of community service. Gold had asked for time served — ostensibly the two days she spent in custody after her arrest in late January of 2021 — one year of probation, and 60 hours of community service.
The federal probation office had requested a significantly longer sentence than prosecutors, asking Cooper to send Gold away for six months. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper declined to do this, although he did tack on a $9,500 fine, as recommended by probation.