New Information About Punishments For Capitol Rioters

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

A group of individuals over 500 strong have been arrested and charged in regards to crimes related to the riots that took place at the United States Capitol back on January 6th, but none of these people have, as of yet, been charged with “treason” or “sedition.” This is in spite of leftists’ claims that the riots surrounding the capitol were a planned and armed “insurrection” carried out against the United States government.

As reported by the Associated Press this past Tuesday, the defendants in the capitol riots case have been slated with an “increasing number of lesser charges,” which some think has been done in order to try and elicit guilty pleas or secure plea deals from the large number of defendants currently awaiting trial.

“Accusations against Jan. 6 rioter Thomas Caldwell certainly seem to fit the charge of sedition as it’s generally understood — inciting revolt against the government. And the possibility of charging him and others was widely discussed after thousands of pro-Trump supporters assaulted scores of police officers, defaced the U.S. Capitol, and hunted for lawmakers to stop the certification. Some called their actions treasonous,” stated the AP.

“But to date,” continued the news source, “neither Caldwell nor any of the other more than 500 defendants accused in the attack has been indicted for sedition or for the gravest of crimes a citizen can face, treason. And as an increasing number of lesser charges are filed and defendants plead guilty, those accusations may never be formally levied.”

The AP went on to add that charges of sedition are “rare,” and that in the instances where they have been slated, the cases have become increasingly complex to deal with. The last time the United States government issued charges of sedition was back in 2010, but even then a judge “ordered acquittals” of those charged in 2012 due to the fact that the prosecutors’ main evidence, which consisted of “diatribes” about the government and manifestos, were all speech that is protected by the First Amendment.

The news source also reported that over the course of U.S. history there have been less than 10 people in total who have been successfully convicted of treason.

In this case, however, the alleged participants in the riots may also have to thank Old Uncle Joe for their lower-level charges, even if indirectly. The previous Trump administration leveled charges of “assaulting federal officers, civil disorder, and failing to obey” on the rioters who stormed the streets of Portland Oregon this past summer. Old Uncle Joe’s administration has seen fit to dispose of most of those cases; nearly half of which were dropped entirely, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, which most likely provided a standard for the prosecutors.

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