The use of over-charging in criminal prosecutions is a big problem; this amounts to a victory on a battlefield that should not have even happened.
Charges brought by the U.S. government against more than 200 people who protested on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated President were abruptly dropped today.
The government’s case amounted to threatening 234 people with a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison for 6 broken windows. It’s great that reason prevailed. It’s not great that it took a year and a half, and that exercising their right to free speech cost these people so much.
[boing] In other words, the government was allowed to jack these people’s lives up with terroristic threats of huge prison sentences, and then – once they had milked it for about all it was worth – the government walks away. [usag]
The United States respectfully moves the Court to dismiss the above-captioned cases without prejudice. After further review, the United States, in the exercise of its discretion, has determined that these matters should be dismissed without prejudice.
Congratulations to the 200+.
FTB’s Shiv [atg] has been following this case, and similar cases of protestor abuse; follow her!