U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said in the order granting Jenny Cudd’s request for travel later this month that neither her pretrial services officer nor prosecutors opposed the request. He also noted that she had no criminal history and said there was no evidence she was a flight risk or posed a danger to others.
Lawyers for Cudd, who owns Jenny’s Flowers in Midland, Texas, requested the court’s blessing for her to travel to Mexico’s Riviera Maya from Feb. 18-21 for a prepaid “work-related bonding retreat” with her employees and their spouses in a Feb. 1 court filing. They said the trip was prepaid and planned before the Capitol riot.
Cudd is on pretrial release after being initially charged with two misdemeanor offenses, including entering a federal building without permission and engaging in disorderly conduct.
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A federal grand jury indicted her Wednesday on those two charges and three additional charges: obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in the Capitol and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the building.
Under the conditions of her release, Cudd is not allowed to travel to Washington unless it is for a court appearance or a meeting with her attorneys or pretrial services officer. She’s not allowed to travel outside Texas, and international travel must be approved by a judge.
Cudd, a former Midland mayoral candidate, was one of many who confirmed participation in the riot on social media, saying in a Facebook video, “I was here today on Jan. 6th when the new revolution started at the Capitol.”
The FBI said her videos and photos placed her in the Capitol during the riot.
After a speech by then-President Donald Trump outside the White House, rioters stormed the Capitol, intent on stopping Vice President Mike Pence and Congress from confirming the Electoral College vote declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
On the video, Cudd said, “This is all raw, and I’m going to be swearing. I’m so (expletive) mad, I can’t even see straight, and my heart breaks for my country.”
The viral video resulted in negative attention for her floral business. Her shop was flooded with dozens of one-star reviews in which she was called a traitor and domestic terrorist, along with photos of her inside the Capitol.
Others who participated in the riot have been fired from their jobs. And other businesses have been affected by “cancel culture” and negative reviews following the January riot. Several retailers plan to stop carrying MyPillow products and the founder and CEO Mike Lindell has been permanently banned from Twitter.
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Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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