Eric Bochene, an upstate New York man who was charged by authorities for entering the Capitol during the January 6th domestic terrorist attack, has told the Federal Court that he intends to bill the court for fees accumulated for representing himself in court, which he says could amount to one million dollars, Syracuse.com reports.
The 49-year-old from New Hartford even helpfully submitted a rate card to the court: $10,000 fee for a 30-minute court appearance or $50,000 if it’s under duress. Research time costs $500 per hour, or $50,000 under duress. He also has some penalties: $6 million if there’s an attempt to forge a signature or $5 million for forced giving of bodily fluids, for example. He had already prepared fifteen invoices.
District Judge Randolph D. Moss immediately wrote a response denying the payment to Bochene. “[T]he Court is unclear exactly what relief Defendant seeks,” Moss wrote. “[T]o the extent Defendant is seeking payment for appearing in Court, that argument lacks merit. … Defendant stands charged with several crimes, and is currently released on personal recognizance bond… [T]he defendant must appear in court as required.”
Bochene is charged with two counts of unlawfully entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and two counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He admits to being at the Capitol but claims the attack was a “false flag” operation. He reportedly is not a lawyer and is not a member of a bar association.