- The attorney for a Capitol rioter said she watched “Schindler’s List” to “educate herself” after January 6.
- Anna Morgan Lloyd, 49, pleaded guilty to one charge of picketing in the Capitol.
- Lloyd submitted a movie review to support her plea for a probationary sentence.
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A Capitol rioter who pleaded guilty to a charge related to the insurrection said she watched movies including “Schindler’s List,” a 1993 Spielberg film on the Holocaust, to “educate herself” after January 6.
According to a court filing, Anna Morgan Lloyd, 49, from Indiana, pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol on January 6.
Lloyd was arrested on February 24 along with her friend, Dona Sue Bissey, 52. Bissey posted a photo of her and Lloyd on Facebook, with the location tag “Inside Capitol Building.” In a court document seen by Insider, Bissey called their outing the “Best f—ing day ever,” in a Facebook post, while Lloyd said in a Facebook comment that her day in the Capitol was the “most exciting day of (her) life.”
Lloyd’s lawyer Heather Shaner raised several points in her defense of Lloyd, arguing that she deserved to be given the “just and fair sentence” of probation, 40 hours of community service, and a $500 fine for her actions.
“She has read ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,’ ‘Just Mercy,’ and ‘Schindler’s List’ to educate herself about ‘government policy’ toward Native Americans, African Americans, and European Jews. We have discussed the books and also about the responsibility of an individual when confronting ‘wrong,'” wrote Shaner in a court filing dated June 15.
According to Shaner, Lloyd also watched other programs to learn more about America’s past. This included the program “Tulsa Burning,” a documentary film on the Tulsa Massacre aired on the History Channel, and “Mudbound,” a 2017 movie set in Jim Crow America. Lloyd also watched part of a series on the US Constitution produced by the James Madison Montpelier Foundation.
“She did this to educate herself and to learn the American history she was not taught in school,” wrote Shaner in the court filing.
Lloyd submitted several documents she wrote to the court, including a movie review of “Schindler’s List” and a book review on “Just Mercy.” She also submitted an additional written statement to the judge, detailing what she learned about America from these movies and books.
“I’ve lived a sheltered life and truly haven’t experienced life the way many have. I don’t live a pampered life. My husband and I have worked hard for everything that we have. My lawyer has given me names of books and movies to help me see what life is like for others in our country,” Lloyd wrote in a statement dated June 15.
“I’ve learned that even though we live in a wonderful country things still need to improve. People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street,” she added.