A Pittsfield lawyer who represented Capitol putsch stroller Mark Sahady of Malden in his initial appearances in federal court is now asking a judge to "disappear" him from the case.
In a motion filed in US District Court in Boston today, Rinaldo Del Gallo III says Sahady, facing charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, stopped answering his calls and messages last month.
Despite Mr. Mark Sahady clearly having the economic means to pay me, I have yet to be paid for representing him, having invested many, many hours into his case. I checked my post office box today, at Friday, February 05, 2021, and I have not received a check for work on this case, despite plenty of time for the check to arrive here.
Despite having called his house and his cell phone on seemingly innumerable occasions over many days, several times a day, save for the Friday after the day he was released, he has not returned any of my calls. Nor has Mr. Sahady replied to my e-mails.
On Jan. 22, Sahady had his case transferred from Boston to federal court in Washington, DC., after Del Gallo acknowledged his presence in the Capitol but said he did nothing wrong because he was in a "public" area of the building taking advantage of his First Amendment right to protest an allegedly fraudulent election and that there is no evidence he did anything more serious, like beat police officers, bust into Nancy Pelosi's office or demand the death of then Vice President Mike Pence.
Yesterday, a lawyer in Alexandria, VA, John C. Kiyonaga, filed paperwork in federal court there to take on Sahady's case in Washington court.
Sahady faces his initial Washington appearance on Feb. 11.
Sahady, organizer of a Boston-area group that insists it's not a white-supremacist group and it's not its fault that Nazis keep showing up at its events here, was arrested the same day as one of the group's other organizers, Sue Ianni of Natick - who marched with Sahady into the Capitol after arranging bus rides from Massachusetts to DC.
Her case was also transferred to Washington, but unlike Sahady, she kept her Boston-based attorney. She has yet to have a DC court date set.