Miami, Fla. – April 4, 2021 – GrayRobinson, P.A. shareholders, Brian H. Bieber and Joel Hirschhorn, white collar criminal defense attorneys located in the Miami law firm office, were featured in The Ledger article "Defense Options Limited for Lakeland Woman Accused in Jan. 6 Riot." The article discusses the arrest of Lakeland resident Corinne Lee Montoni, one of the individuals accused of invading the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Montoni faces four sets of federal charges: obstruction of an official proceeding; entering and remaining, including disorderly and disruptive conduct, in a restricted building; disorderly conduct for parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building; and aiding and abetting the commission of those crimes.
Hirschhorn weighs in on the case stating he doesn’t think Montoni and others can claim they were doing what they thought the current president wanted - referencing the rally held by Trump earlier that day where he urged supporters to put pressure on Congress not to certify Biden as the election winner. "That defense won’t work,” Hirschhorn said. “It’s called the Nuremberg defense.”
Bieber said Montoni’s legal team likely will argue that she thought she was following the direction of the most powerful person in the world when they stormed the Capitol. “Receiving direction will not absolve Ms. Montoni of criminal conduct,” Bieber said. “However, if a jury believes Donald Trump ordered his followers to do precisely what Ms. Montoni did, she very well could avoid significant criminal liability.”