A rioter accused of bear-spraying US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has retained a lawyer recognized for repping NFL proprietor Dan Snyder, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez and rapper Meek Mill, amongst different celebrity shoppers.
Julian Khater — who has been charged alongside together with his childhood pal, George Tanios, of allegedly assaulting Sicknick with a robust chemical spray used for deterring aggressive bears — has employed Joseph Tacopina for his protection.
Khater, 32, is scheduled to look at a digital listening to on Tuesday at 10:30a.m., the place Tacopina will rep him, sources informed us. Khater has been in jail since his March 14 arrest, and pleaded not responsible. His legal professionals have been making an attempt to barter a bail bundle.
In response to Tacopina’s bio, he has additionally beforehand repped shoppers together with Jay-Z, Sean Hannity and Don Imus.
Prosecutors allege that Khater — a former co-owner of a series health-food cafe — and Tanios, 39, the proprietor of the “Sandwich College’’ eatery in West Virginia, are accused of discharging bear spray into the faces of three officers, together with Sicknick.
Sicknick died in a hospital the day after the January assault on Congress.
Officers have to this point not launched Sicknick’s trigger of demise, or tied his demise to the alleged bear spray incident. Khater and Tanios are dealing with felony costs of assaulting Sicknick, in addition to one other Capitol Police officer and a Washington, DC cop.
In response to an indictment, the three injured officers have been briefly blinded by the bear spray, with one of them, a feminine cop, struggling scarring beneath her eyes for weeks, courtroom papers mentioned. A federal investigator has reportedly mentioned Sicknick might have ingested a chemical in the course of the riots, which may have contributed to his demise. He was additionally hit within the head with a hearth extinguisher in the course of the melee.