Hearing set for Cleveland, Tennessee, man charged in Jan. 6 Capitol breach

Judge sets Oct. 17 hearing to start scheduling case

U.S. Department of Justice / Joseph "Jose" Lino Padilla

The next time the Cleveland, Tennessee, man charged in Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach appears in court in October, his lawyer will be expected to make a call on whether his client will go to trial or enter a plea in the nine-count criminal case.

The judge in the case said it's already unlikely the defendant could go to trial by April 2023.

Joseph Lino "Jose" Padilla, 42, has been detained in a Washington, D.C., jail for the past 18 months as his case has dragged through several hearings and delays with little ground gained on a course of action, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said Wednesday during a status hearing on the case

"We need to have a course in mind because I'm fearful that it's languishing a little bit, so I'm going to be pressing to see where we're headed," Bates told Padilla and his attorney, Michael Cronkright, and prosecutors who were on hand for the hearing.

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