On Wednesday, a judge ordered correction authorities to provide organic food to Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man accused of participating in the insurrection at the US Capitol.
Chansley became an internet sensation after he was spotted in the US Capitol Hill riots sporting face paint, no shirt, and a furry hat with horns.
The order came for Chansley after his lawyer complained that his client had gone without eating for the past nine days as there was no organic food provided at the Washington jail where he is housed.
Albert Watkins, the attorney, claimed that his client has lost 20 pounds since being transferred from Arizona to Washington last week. Chansley, who identifies himself as the “QAnon Shaman,” considers eating organic food to be part of his “shamanic belief system and way of life.”
He was jailed in Arizona three weeks ago on charges stemming from the January 6 US Capitol riots. After that, Chansley went days without eating because the detention facility did not offer any organic food. He made a religious liberty argument in asking for organic food behind bars and said that he has been following such a diet for eight years while practising Shamanism.
Royce Lamberth, US District Judge in an order issued on Wednesday evening, said that corrections officials have made dietary religious exemptions for inmates who are Jewish and Muslim and could not cite an instance when they denied such a request based on a perceived lack of religious merit. The Judge also added that Chansley’s willingness to go more than a week without food is strong evidence of the sincerity of those convictions.
Chansley went to the Capitol carrying a US flag attached to a wooden pole topped with a spear, claimed prosecutors. They added that he ignored an officer’s commands to leave and then went to the Senate chamber and also wrote a threatening note to the then Vice President Mike Pence.
He however told investigators that he came to the Capitol “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to DC on January 6,” according to court records.