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Monday, November 22, 2021

Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blasted the government on Oct. 28 for its "schizophrenic," "baffling," and "muddled" policies in offering lenient plea deals to Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendants for their participation in an event that it routinely describes in sentencing memos as "a criminal offense unparalleled in history."

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...Her frustration appears to stem from the fact that of the 115 guilty pleas obtained in the Capitol riot cases as of Oct. 27, 99 defendants (86 percent) had pleaded to misdemeanors, including 87 (75 percent of the whole) who had been permitted to plead to a class B misdemeanor (40 U.S.C. 5104(e)(2)(G)) -- a so-called petty offense for which the maximum punishment is just six months incarceration.

But this avalanche of petty-offense convictions appears to be the result of a conscious"and sensible"attempt by the government to clear its dockets of the nonviolent cases so that it can devote scarce resources to literally hundreds of serious felonies.

The guilty pleas -- which represent about 15 percent of the more than 650 federal cases brought so far -- are a subset that is heavily skewed toward the least severe conduct. In all but one instance, those pleading guilty to class B misdemeanors were only pleading down from class A misdemeanors; they were not pleading down from felonies.

It is the serious felony prosecutions"especially the sprawling conspiracy cases"that not only deserve the most attention but also hold out the greatest prospect of enhancing the public's understanding of the causes of the riot. A case against 17 Oath Keepers, for instance, is set for trial in April. Four additional conspirators have already pleaded guilty, pledging extensive cooperation. Prosecutors clearly suspect that still others may have been culpable, including those described in the indictment as Persons 1, 2, 3, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, and 20. (Person 1 is widely reported to be the Oath Keepers' co-founder, Stewart Rhodes, who has denied wrongdoing.) The case is also of interest because several of the charged defendants appeared to be acting as bodyguards for pardoned Trump adviser Roger Stone on the morning of the riot. Stone has also denied wrongdoing....


Good, if long-ish, article.



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-22 12:15 PM | Reply

Still no charges against members of Congress for treason and inciting an insurrection.

All the rest of this is meaningless.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-11-22 12:39 PM | Reply

@#2 ... All the rest of this is meaningless. ...

Not necessarily.

In your rush to charge members of Congress, you may miss the more important conspiracy aspect that the current evidence may be pointing towards.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-22 12:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I haven't seen the word "insurrection" in any recent government filings, however; perhaps the sense of urgency has dissipated since President Biden was sworn in.

Jesus ------- Christ this article is a list of democratic failures to take what happened seriously

Sense of ------- urgency

---- these weak ass dems

What was and is called for is rapid crushing action from bottom to top of the insurrectionist horde

Dems will fail to act and 2024 will see the death of democracy

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-11-22 01:01 PM | Reply

#4

On the other hand, constantly being on the brink of failure is a poor motivator for Dems to do the right thing. They're already doing the right thing.

#5 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-11-22 08:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thank you LESWIT

The "right thing" is for the DOJ and the FBI to milk these petty offenders for all the information they can get to bullet proof their cases against Trump and his top tier of organizers of the Jan 6 coup attempt.

Cut off the head of the snake, so to speak, not just the rattle.

It seems to be working.

If by some chance, the Democrats lose the House and the Senate, and the House Committee is disbanded, the DOJ can still appoint a Special Prosecutor.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-11-23 02:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

On the other hand, constantly being on the brink of failure is a poor motivator for Dems to do the right thing. They're already doing the right thing.

#5 | POSTED BY LESWIT AT 2021-11-22 08:42 PM | REPLY | NEWSWORTHY 1

The most important thing for dems to do is to protect democracy ie the integrity of the voting system
Which they are utterly failing at
A useless congressional investigation to document what happened for posterity is pointless
Arresting a bunch of idiots who broke some windows and paraded around the capital is an anemic response
The leaders and funders and motivators and inspirers are not being touched
Next time, and there will be a next time, they will win
It's already too late- the holidays are upon us 2022 is an election year, the republican traitors are setting the table to steal 2024

But at least the skizophrenic qanon horn wearing guy got prison for walking around
That'll save us

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-11-23 08:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

TRUTHY

"The leaders and funders and motivators and inspirers are not being touched."

Well, the DOJ could revert back to Trump's DOJ and build their cases on inuendo, unverified accusations and conspiracy theories born out of corruption and lies spoon fed to them by partisan media pundits.

Is that what you would prefer?

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-11-23 12:32 PM | Reply

Patience grasshoppers.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-11-23 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@TWINPAC,

You are neglecting the possibility of Trump just shutting down the DOJ and declaring himself the supreme leader of greatness. Losing Congress in 2022 and having already lost the SCOTUS, too many folks are under the impression that our existing norms of government are going to hold. We're running out of time.

#10 | Posted by chuffy at 2021-11-23 05:33 PM | Reply

TRUTHY
"The leaders and funders and motivators and inspirers are not being touched."
Well, the DOJ could revert back to Trump's DOJ and build their cases on inuendo, unverified accusations and conspiracy theories born out of corruption and lies spoon fed to them by partisan media pundits.
Is that what you would prefer?
#8 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

I prefer that dems act with the urgency that the situation demands. We are way past that point.

Meanwhile, repubs are enshrining their future election theft.

If you think that further investigations will make the arrest and conviction of the leaders more likely you are deluding yourself. ------- should have been arrested and held without bail on January 6th or at the latest January 20th. Then you would see urgency.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

#11 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-11-23 05:45 PM | Reply

TRUTHY

"Justice delayed is justice denied."

I didn't know there was a statute of limitation on Subversion to overthrow the government.

I know your frustration is clouding your thinking but only in third world countries is a leader drug away and imprisoned by an angry opposition.

What you're suggesting is "Trump-think" and one of the reasons we voted him out of office. If America is to remain a country of laws, they can't be a one-way street.

We're all jaded over what happened on January 6 and we all know who is responsible. But I trust you will understand that those responsible have no respect for the law or the Constitution while the DOJ doesn't have that luxury.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-11-24 05:43 AM | Reply

CHUFFY

Trump would never shut down the DOJ. It's too important a tool he needs to support his lawlessness should he ever get re-elected.

Keep in mind that even Russia has a Constitution, a system of courts, lawyers, parliament and punishment for wrong doers, etc. Putin didn't abolish anything. He filled his government with bobble-heads and oligarchs just like Trump wants to do. It's how he holds onto power and why Putin can AND DOES murder his opposition with impunity.

Trump started to copy cat Russia when he became president. He put people, like Bill Barr for example, into a position that Trump needed to protect himself from incrimination. He appointed cabinet members to start tearing down the State Department, the CIA, the Intelligence community, the EPA, Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Treasury Department, the U.S. Postal Service, etc. Then Trump began to create his own wealthy oligarchs, all indebted to him to him, (just like Vladimir Putin) by increasing their wealth with tax breaks and thus earning their willingness to assist him with anonymous donations to PACs set up for that very purpose.

For four years Trump went on a spree to spread lies and propaganda throughout the country to cause dissention, mistrust and turn us all against each other. Democrats against Republicans, neighbors against neighbors, blacks against whites, the South against the North, Americans against immigrants, Muslims against Christians and states against states. He incited gangs and disgruntled thugs to carry his message. He fired and demoted the leaders of the U.S. military, replacing them with more bobble-heads to do his bidding. He set about trying to destroy relationships with our closest allies in NATO at the behest of his mentor, Vladimir Putin. Now Trump's attention has turned to destroying, state by state, democracy at its core, the right to vote for our leaders.

You are naive to think that the DOJ is Trump's target. Pay attention to what I just said. America and all that it stands for, domestic and foreign, is his target.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-11-24 07:23 AM | Reply

It pays to be white when engaged in criminal conduct.

#14 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-11-24 08:53 AM | Reply

FRESNO

"It pays to be white when engaged in criminal conduct."

Isn't that why the Republicans are gerrymandering black people. That's not by accident.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-11-24 09:05 AM | Reply

The arc of the moral universe is long (and may I add, slow?) but it does bend toward justice.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-11-24 10:44 AM | Reply

Twin,

I think democracy is his target, not the DOJ. He will shut down any investigations, get his cronies in there, and create his own secret police. Congress will let him, as will the SCOTUS.

I am not naive, just pessimistic that our democracy will hold. He got through two impeachments, and the worst thing that's happened to him in the last 6 years is he can't run a charity any more.

There are 10 outstanding obstruction of justice counts that Mueller said could be prosecuted when Trump was out of office. (crickets chirping)

Democrats and the DOJ are acting like there's plenty of time...and there isn't. How long ago were Trump's taxes supposed to be revealed? By the time 2022 rolls around, a new House will just stop the commission and start to investigate Hunter Biden, Joe and Kamala and maybe even put Trump into the Speaker's chair.

I'm happy to be wrong, but my perspective is that coup attempts need to be snuffed out, not allowed to smolder while the people who carried it out get more organized. The Mueller investigation was extremely fast, but they didn't even bother to follow the money, so what is Merrick Garland ignoring?

#17 | Posted by chuffy at 2021-11-24 01:24 PM | Reply

CHUFFY

" so what is Merrick Garland ignoring?"

I'd love to be able to answer all your questions but my crystal ball is in the shop.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-11-25 01:29 AM | Reply

Kill a black guy and no matter what he's done you get convicted of murder.

Try to kill all of Congress and you get a slap on the wrist.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2021-11-25 01:34 PM | Reply

" so that it can devote scarce resources to literally hundreds of serious felonies."

So we don't have enough money to prosecute insurrectionists, but we've got plenty to pass a $2.3 Trillion tax giveaway ... amirite?

#20 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-11-25 01:47 PM | Reply

Kill a black guy and no matter what he's done you get convicted of murder.

"Not me!"

- George Zimmerman

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-11-25 01:49 PM | Reply

Apparently I should have used the phrase on camera.

#22 | Posted by Tor at 2021-11-25 01:53 PM | Reply

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