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Six Inauguration Day Rioters to Face Jury in First Felony Trial

Six Inauguration Day Rioters to Face Jury in First Felony Trial

One charge has been dismissed but the defendants still face real prison time.

https://youtu.be/ZmwFNHIG0tQ

The people who rioted in Washington, DC on inauguration day last January are in a world of trouble. Unfortunately for them, this was the United States capital, not the campus of UC Berkeley and there are real consequences for criminal behavior.

Ryan J. Reilly reports at the Huffington Post:

The First Felony Trial Of Trump Inauguration Protesters Is About To Go To A Jury

A judge overseeing the jury trial of six individuals facing felony charges for non-violent conduct during a protest of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration acquitted all six of a single felony count of inciting a riot on Wednesday. But D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz declined to issue a judgement of acquittal on any of the other seven charges, instead ruling that a jury will be able to hear the seven remaining charges, including five felonies.

Out of the presence of the jury, Judge Lynn Leibovitz issued a judgement of acquittal as to the inciting charge on Wednesday morning, the day after the prosecution and all six defense teams rested their cases. Leibovitz found that no reasonable jury could find that any of the defendants intended to urge a riot, stating that she believed the inciter had to be someone who was deliberately causing others to act.

The bad news for defendants came in the afternoon. Judge Leibovitz declined to issue a judgement of acquittal for any of the remaining charges, including two misdemeanor charges for engaging in a riot and conspiracy to riot, and five felony counts of property destruction, which the defendants would be held liable for if found to have engaged in the rioting conspiracy.

The prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff, has conceded that none of the voluminous evidence in this case indicates that any of these six defendants engaged in any property destruction or violence on Jan. 20.

These people deserve real punishment. They threw a destructive and dangerous tantrum because an election didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to. For once, a message needs to be sent that violent Antifa (Black Bloc) style behavior is unacceptable.

Keith Alexander of the Washington Post has more on what the defendants still face:

Judge dismisses lead rioting charge against defendants in Inauguration Day protest trial

The six defendants are the first to go to trial in Inauguration Day rioting cases; more than 150 others who were arrested are set for trials in coming months. Prosecutors said the group of protesters smashed store windows with bricks, hammers and crowbars and damaged a limousine Jan. 20, the day President Trump was sworn in.

Leibovitz’s decision to dismiss the felony charge was a blow to prosecutors, who aggressively argue that all the protesters in the group bear responsibility for the rioting and damage even though there is no evidence the six people on trial participated in any vandalism.

Defense attorneys said their clients were protesting peacefully and exercising their right to freedom of speech. They said that only a small number of protesters broke off from the group and turned violent and that police overreached by making mass arrests…

The defendants still face seven charges, including five felony destruction of property counts, which carry up to 10 years in prison, and two misdemeanor engaging in a riot charges, each carrying up to 180 days in jail.

Here’s a reminder of what these fools were up to that day:

Don’t feel any sympathy for these people. They deserve whatever punishment they get.

Featured image via YouTube.

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Comments

If Illegal aliens can shoot and kill innocent young American Women. and a Democrat can win in Alabama, I have little faith in our Juries or voters anymore…

    YellowSnake in reply to gonzotx. | December 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    You mean you had faith when native Alabamians murdered peaceful civil rights workers or others who were simply black; and elected arch segregationists?

    The murders of Viola Gregg Liuzzo were acquitted by an all-white jury on state charges related to the crime.

    Hey, whitey, I am glad you have finally had your eyes opened.

    As for the election, many of us were disheartened by an election that occurred just about 1 year ago. Judging by the turnout, many conservatives should be quaking in their boots.

      Yellow Snake that says it all. You are a troll, and bring nothing to any discussion just like your Black Bloc brethren. You strike from behind a mask and a hood with another person in front of you. Your revolution has already happened in Europe go there and live the Utopia lie that you think you so richly deserve.

      Yellow Snake that says it all. You are a troll, and bring nothing to any discussion just like your Black Bloc brethren. You strike from behind a mask and a hood with another person in front of you. Your revolution has already happened in Europe go there and live the Utopia lie that you think you so richly deserve.

      BTW Yellow Snake … it is hypocritical and hilarious when a white person calls another white person “whitey”.

      Quaking in their boots? Really? Are y’all going to beat us into submission? That crap might fly in leftist run cities but you’ll find the rest of the country isn’t likely to humor your violent hissy fits.

      Jack Klompus in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      “Whitey!” HAHA. Piss off, you useless little weenie. You’re not even worthy of the status of a smeared turd on the bottom of a shoe. Your sniveling little drive-by comments that infect this place like a festering herpes sore do nothing except raise the level of ridicule against you. You’re a pointless, spineless little worm who couldn’t make Holly Hobby quake in her knickers.

“May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips–who is our master?” – Psalms 12:3-4

Thankfully, these idiots are self-documenting.

“The prosecution would like to enter into evidence these twenty-seven Facebook posts by the defendant before and just after the event, as well as this video of him with a stick swinging it at a police officer and this picture of him, geotagged to his phone at the time and date of the event, when he selfied…”

“These people deserve real punishment. They threw a destructive and dangerous tantrum because an election didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to.”

This is true, but political motivation for maliscious acts against people or property rarely get punished as severely as one would like – depending upon the police, judge and jury.

Occupy & antifa operated their organized criminal assaults with near impunity, and very little jail time.

buckeyeminuteman | December 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

I’m wondering if Drew Carey’s son is being charge. After all he admitted to starting a fire as a protest.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/26/drew-carey-son-11-says-he-helped-start-fire-during/

They deserve whatever punishment they get.

They’re not going to get any.

The defendants still face seven charges, including five felony destruction of property counts … and two misdemeanor engaging in a riot charges …

OK, great. But—

The prosecution … has conceded that none of the voluminous evidence in this case indicates that any of these six defendants engaged in any property destruction or violence …

Charges of destruction of property … with no evidence. Oh yeah, that’ll do the trick. Maybe they can do something with the “engaging in a riot” charges … unless it turns out there’s no evidence for that, either.

How many prosecutors are working on this unproductive train wreck? No wonder government is so expensive.

Subotai Bahadur | December 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm

It will not happen. The precedent of any Leftist being punished for breaking the law will not be allowed in DC.

Where’s the whites don’t riot speech now?

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