“There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home”
Federal Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, who was appointed by Obama in 2014, is handing out sentences to January 6th rioters that are harsher than the penalties sought by prosecutors.
This is political persecution, and more Republicans need to start standing up and saying that out loud.
‘There have to be consequences:’ Judge ups sentences for Capitol rioters
A federal judge in Washington has repeatedly sentenced people who stormed the U.S. Capitol to more prison time than prosecutors sought, saying that even people who were not violent should face consequences for joining the unprecedented assault.
In the past week, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has imposed sentences ranging from 14 to 45 days on four people who pleaded guilty to unlawful parading and picketing inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6 — a misdemeanor offense.
“There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home,” Chutkan said at one of the hearings…
On Wednesday, Chutkan sentenced two cousins who breached the Capitol and took selfies while doing so to 45 days in jail.
Prosecutors had asked Chutkan to sentence each of the defendants — Robert Bauer of Kentucky, and Edward Hemenway of Virginia — to 30 days in prison.
A day earlier, Chutkan sentenced an unrelated defendant, Dona Sue Bissey of Indiana, to two weeks of incarceration.
Prosecutors recommended Bissey, 52, serve probation, citing her early acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with law enforcement.
Here are a few Twitter reactions:
This is political targeting.
Sentence them to what they deserve only. https://t.co/1LxMOlbhBS
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) October 13, 2021
Not sure the people replying "yeah!" realize how this is likely going to backfire big time on appeal. https://t.co/vY6wZAZ2DL
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 13, 2021
This is not justice. https://t.co/OsHixHMlff
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 13, 2021
By the way, notice anything strange about the photo Reuters chose for this article?
What a manipulated picture. Nice job with the lighting changes, surely conveys the false fear you hope to spread.
— UnderCvrTherapist (@UndrCvrCounsel) October 13, 2021
It should be a criminal felony for "news" outlets that hide behind freedom of the Press laws to Photoshop images claiming that its real.
— DustyD (@dustyddunaway) October 13, 2021
The people who rioted at Trump’s inauguration got pretty much all of their charges dismissed. The vast majority of people who rioted and destroyed throughout the spring of 2020 suffered no consequences.
The treatment of the January 6th defendants is a disgrace and will not be forgotten by the American people or history. It is a blatant case of political persecution and the left is not even trying to hide it.DONATE
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