Jenny Cudd Wiki – Jenny Cudd Bio
Jenny Cudd is a former Midland mayoral candidate, who was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors Wednesday morning for her participation in riots earlier this month at the U.S. Capitol. She was released on a personal recognizance bond that afternoon.
Fellow Midlander Eliel Rosa, who was granted political asylum after moving to the U.S. from Brazil, was also charged and released Wednesday.
Her age is unclear.
Jenny Cudd Charged
The FBI arrested Jenny Cudd and another Midland resident, Eliel Rosa, in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, said Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio.
The Midland Reporter-Telegram reports that Cudd and Rosa appeared Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Griffin in Midland.
Each is charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. The court set personal recognizance bonds for them.
In the Facebook video, Cudd says, “we did break down … Nancy Pelosi’s office door.”
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But Cudd, a former Midland mayoral candidate, said in a video message to the AP that she didn’t personally go into Pelosi’s office or see people break down the door and that when she said “we,” she meant all of the people who were at the Capitol. She said she didn’t do anything violent or destroy any property.
There was an initial appearance for Cudd and Rosa in federal court Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Griffin. Both were brought into the courtroom from a rear entrance, handcuffed at their wrists and ankles and with chains on their waists connecting to those handcuffs.
Griffin said during the hearing they would be processed by the U.S. Marshals and released on PR bonds. Cudd and Rosa were seen leaving the courthouse together shortly after their court appearances.
Currently, there are no conditions on their release, such as travel restrictions, but the U.S. Department of Justice can request that restrictions are added.
A second hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey in D.C. That hearing will be held virtually, at which time Cudd and Rosa will enter their pleas.
Cudd’s attorney, San Antonio-based lawyer Don Flanary, said in a phone call following Cudd’s initial court appearance that she will plead not guilty next week.
“Obviously, they’re serious charges,” Flanary said. “We’re going to look at what the government’s evidence is.”
An arrest affidavit for Cudd and Rosa was sealed by a federal judge in D.C. Flanary said he has not yet seen that affidavit, which contains details about the DOJ’s evidence against them.
Cudd ran against Payton and Jerry Morales for mayor in November 2019, picking up 15.6 percent of the vote. In 2020, she was active in protests in Midland and Odessa against business closures and potential mask mandates having to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.