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July 17, 2023

Some notable stories about Jan 6 riot cases, now more than 30 months later

I continue to keep an eye on a number of January 6 riot prosecutions because, though Jan 6 was a unique moment of lawbreaking, the subsequent prosecutions continue to provide high-profile lessons for deepening our understanding of many aspects of our federal criminal justice system.  Against that backdrop, I have seen in recent days a number of intriguing new Jan 6 prosecution and sentencing stories that seemed worth rounding up here:

From the AP, "Rioter who hurled bow like a spear at police during Jan. 6 attack gets more than 7 years in prison"

From BBC News, "The 'QAnon Shaman' and other Capitol rioters who regret pleading guilty"

From CBS News, "After courtroom outburst, Florida music teacher sentenced to 6 years in prison for Jan. 6 felonies"

From Courthouse News Service, "In rare move, federal judge acquits Jan. 6 defendant"

From The Hill, "Legal experts see strong potential for Trump charges in Jan. 6 probe"

From Insider, "QAnon Shaman, who pleaded guilty and made a heartfelt apology in Jan. 6 case, has changed his mind and wants his plea reversed"

From NBC News, "'Idiot' Jan. 6 rioter who stole John Lewis photo from Nancy Pelosi's office gets 4 years"

July 17, 2023 at 02:25 PM | Permalink


But the people who forced DJT to be whisked away and burned down a church got nada . . . .

Posted by: federalist | Jul 18, 2023 5:57:32 PM

Maybe you can provide an Equal Protection amicus brief on behalf of the Jan 6 defendants, federalist. It seems even DJT might need some Jan 6 amicus help soon.

Posted by: Doug B | Jul 18, 2023 6:33:36 PM

Whether or not a judge would buy it doesn't mean that it's ok to have double standards. I love the non-defense defense of what DOJ is doing.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 19, 2023 10:42:57 AM

Ah yes, a non-federalist federalist "non-something something" claim.

Posted by: Doug B | Jul 19, 2023 1:02:10 PM

I am not talking about law. When the people don't trust the system, and there's a critical mass of such people, violence can ensue.

There are double standards being used here. We can agree to disagree whether the Fifth Amendment is being violated, but when people rightly feel that they've been sentenced for who they are, rather than what they did, there may be some responses that people don't like. The DOJ is playing with fire.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 19, 2023 3:08:40 PM

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