US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is assigned to the January 6 case against former President Donald Trump, is related to some of the “most influential” Jamaican Marxists.
Special counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump on four counts related to his alleged effort to steal the 2020 election earlier this month. Interestingly, Project Article III revealed that Chutkan has family ties to leading Marxist revolutionaries in Jamaica.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1962, Chutkan’s grandfather, Frank Hill, and great-uncle, Ken Hill, played key roles in foundation Jamaica People’s National Party (PNP). Ken Hill was “by far the most influential member” of a Marxist group within the PNP, according to one member of the group.
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In 1939 Hill joined a Marxist group in the PNP, which became known simply as the Left. One member, Richard Hart, wrote: “Ken Hill, by far the most influential, was more pragmatic and less concerned with political theory than most on the left. He probably came to think of himself as a Communist both because of influence of his brother Frank as by his observation of the course of world events” (Hart, 1999, p. 56).
Three years later, former Jamaican Governor Sir Arthur Richards imprisoned Ken and Frank Hill for subversive activity. Richards singled out Ken Hill as “probably the most dangerous subversive agent in Jamaica.”
from Chutkan motherNoelle, is the daughter of Frank Hill and the niece of Ken Hill.
Appointed to the federal judiciary in 2014, Chutkan is one of several far-left judges former President Barack Obama appointed to the federal bench.
In 2021, Chutkan ruled that hundreds of pages of the former president’s White House records could be converted to the investigative committee on Jan. 6 despite Trump’s objections, as Breitbart News reported. He also donated to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 political campaigns.
In an unprecedented move, Obama appointed Chutkan and her husband, Peter Krauthamer, as highly sought-after judges in Washington, DC. Chutkan’s appointment came two years after Krauthamer was sworn in as a D.C. Superior Court judge.
Chutkan is also known to hand down harsher sentences to Jan. 6 defendants than his colleagues on the federal bench. Four of six cases in which judges sentenced defendants to prison Jan. 6 over federal prosecutors’ requests for lesser punishments happened in the Chutkan courtroom.
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In one case, Chutkan sentenced Matthew Mazzocco, a Texas man who pleaded guilty to marching, demonstrating or picketing the Capitol, to 45 days in jail, 60 hours of community service and $500 in restitution. Prosecutors had recommended that he be sentenced to 3 months of house arrest, 36 months of probation, 60 hours of community service and $500 in restitution.
“If Mr. Mazzocco walks away with probation and a slap on the wrist, that’s not going to deter anyone from trying what he did again,” Chutkan said at Mazzocco’s sentencing hearing. “It does not indicate, in the opinion of this Court, the seriousness, the seriousness, of the crimes he committed on January 6.”
On Monday, Trump shared a quote from Chutkan during the Jan. 6 sentencing of a defendant in which he lamented that the former president “is free to this day.”
I watch the video tapes. I see the pictures of the flags and the signs that people were carrying and the hats that they were wearing and the clothes. And the people who stormed that Capitol were there in loyalty, in loyalty to one man, not to the Constitution, of which most of the people who have gone before me seem woefully ignorant; not to the ideals of this county and not to the principles of democracy. It’s blind loyalty to a person who, by the way, remains free to this day.
“Clearly he wants me behind bars. VERY PARTICIPATED AND UNFAIR,” Trump he wrote on line.