Capitol riot suspect asks court’s permission to vacation in Mexico – USA TODAY

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Corrections and clarifications: A federal magistrate has not granted permission for Jenny Cudd to leave the country, as indicated in a previous version of this story.

A woman accused of participating in the riot Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol asked a federal judge for permission to leave the country on vacation this month.

In a court filing Monday, lawyers for Jenny Louise Cudd requested the court’s blessing to travel to Mexico’s Riviera Maya from Feb. 18-21 for a prepaid “work-related bonding retreat” with her employees and their spouses.

Cudd, a small-business owner in Midland, Texas, is on pretrial release after being charged with two misdemeanor offenses, including entering a federal building without permission and engaging in disorderly conduct.

The filing, obtained by USA TODAY, noted that Cudd has no prior criminal history and has remained in contact with her attorney and pretrial service officer, who had no objection to her proposed travel plan. Prosecutors took “no position” on the request. 

When filing motions, attorneys add prewritten text for the judge to sign when granting the order. The federal magistrate’s office said permission has not been granted and wouldn’t say when a ruling might come. Attorneys for Cudd did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on the request.

Under the conditions of her release, Cudd is not allowed to travel to Washington unless it is for a court appearance or a meeting with her attorneys or pretrial services officer. She’s not allowed to travel outside Texas, and international travel must be approved by a judge. 

Lawyers for Jenny Cudd, who is accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot, filed a motion asking the Department of Justice to let her go on her Mexican vacation as planned.

Cudd was one of many who confirmed participation in the riot on social media, saying in a Facebook video, “I was here today on Jan. 6th when the new revolution started at the Capitol.”

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The FBI said her videos and photos placed her in the Capitol during the riot.

After a speech by then-President Donald Trump outside the White House, rioters stormed the Capitol, intent on stopping Vice President Mike Pence and Congress from confirming the Electoral College vote declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

On the video, Cudd said, “This is all raw, and I’m going to be swearing. I’m so (expletive) mad, I can’t even see straight, and my heart breaks for my country.”

In an interview with Texas ABC affiliate NewsWest 9, she denied any wrongdoing, saying, “I went inside the Capitol completely legally, and I did not do anything to hurt anybody or destroy any property.” She said she did not have any weapons or ammunition with her in the Capitol.

The viral video resulted in negative attention for her floral business, Becky’s Flowers.

Cudd told the ABC affiliate she’d received “seven different death threats,” and her business received 500 negative reviews on Google from across the country rather than from local patrons. 

“So what they’re trying to do is cancel me because I stood up for what I believe in, and I can tell you this it’s – and it’s what I’ve told everybody – I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Cudd said.

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