Judge Kim Eaton Apologizes after Husband Dresses up as 'QAnon Shaman'

A Pennsylvania judge has apologized after she uploaded a picture of herself standing next to her husband while he was dressed as the Capitol riot suspect known as the "QAnon Shaman."

Allegheny County Common Pleas judge Kim Eaton admitted "poor judgment" after she posted the picture onto her private Facebook page while celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden.

The photo shows Eaton giving the thumbs up next to her husband, who is wearing a horned hat, face paint and drawn-on tattoos similar to those seen on Jake Angeli.

Angeli, real name Jacob Anthony Chansley, was one of the most prominent and recognizable people seen during the insurrection of January 6 in which five people, including a police officer, died.

As well as followers of the radical QAnon conspiracy theory, Donald Trump supporters and far-right extremists were also part of the violent mob which attacked the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the government.

In a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Eaton said she regrets posting the picture and did not mean to make light of the deadly attack.

"My family and I were very excited about the new administration in Washington and were celebrating this historic inauguration today when the photo was taken," Eaton said.

"In our celebration, I exercised poor judgment and I realize that the photo sends the wrong message given the tragic events of January 6th."

The judge added that the photo was only meant to be seen by a close circle of friends, instead of the general public. "People on my page know me, and I stand on my reputation," Eaton said. "And people on my page know my husband.

"I'm not a white supremacist, and you can quote me on that," she added. "Actually, [the costume] was making fun of white supremacists."

Last week, prosecutors argued that rather than being a figure of fun, Angeli should be considered part of a violent mob who intended to "capture and assassinate" elected officials at the Capitol on January 6.

Michael Bailey and Kristen Brook added that Angeli should not be freed before his trial as he has become a "symbol" of the deadly attack and openly discussed his intentions to return to Washington D.C. for Biden's inauguration on January 20.

Angeli, of Phoenix, Arizona, is charged of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, and demonstrating in a Capitol building.

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A protester is seen inside the US Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. A judge has apologized after she uploaded a picture of herself standing next to her husband while he was dressed the "QAnon Shaman." Win McNamee/Getty