A Judge Just Delivered Very Bad News to Hundreds Arrested for Violently Protesting Trump's Inauguration
Donald Trump's inauguration in January was marked by a series of violent, damaging riots across Washington, D.C. The rioters burned vehicles, destroyed store fronts, and vandalized public property. Estimations for the damage range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Police reacted quickly on January 20, chasing down and containing the worst of the rioters, many of them wearing the masks and black of what would come to be known as “antifa.” In all, more than 200 people were arrested that day for perpetrating destruction of property during the violent riots.
While some pleaded guilty to the charges, a large group of the rioters challenged their arrests. After hearing arguments to dismiss the charges, a judge delivered some terrible news to the Trump rioters: you're all going to face your charges.
According to BuzzFeed News:
A judge in Washington, DC, on Thursday denied requests to dismiss the criminal cases against nearly 200 people charged with rioting in downtown Washington on President Donald Trump's inauguration day.
The defendants had raised a series of legal arguments against the indictment, including that it lacked specificity and that the DC rioting laws failed to account for people who were arrested for engaging in political speech protected by the First Amendment.
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz, who heard arguments in July, issued an order Thursday denying all the motions to dismiss. The defendants are set to be tried in groups at separate times, with the first trial date scheduled for late November. Other trials are scheduled throughout 2018.
There are 194 cases pending; 19 defendants have pleaded guilty so far. The defendants all face felony rioting and property destruction charges, and some face additional charges.
You can read the judges brutal ruling here.
FYI: They don't allow you to wear masks in the courtroom, antifa.