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Offbeat Justice Department Drops More Charges Against Trump Inauguration Defendants

02:10  14 june  2018
02:10  14 june  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

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"WASHINGTON ― Justice Department prosecutors have dropped charges against eight additional defendants they’d been trying to convict of felonies in connection with their arrests during a protest of President Donald Trump ’s inauguration . Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of

Опубликовано: 19 янв. 2018 г. Justice Department drops charges against 129 people involved in J20 Trump inauguration day protests The US government has dismissed charges against two-thirds of the defendants previously facing up to 60 years in prison for protesting President Donald Trump 's

Elizabeth Lagesse was one of the defendants who had her charges dropped on Wednesday. © Ryan J Reilly / HuffPost Elizabeth Lagesse was one of the defendants who had her charges dropped on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON ― Justice Department prosecutors have dropped charges against eight additional defendants they’d been trying to convict of felonies in connection with their arrests during a protest of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, a component of the Justice Department that prosecutes local and federal crimes in the nation’s capital, had originally charged more than 200 defendants with felonies. They alleged that the defendants were part of a rioting conspiracy, and sought to hold them responsible for more than $100,000 in damages to various businesses in downtown D.C. during a “black bloc” demonstration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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WASHINGTON ― Justice Department prosecutors in the District of Columbia have dropped felony charges against 129 protesters who were swept up in mass arrests on the day of Donald Trump ’s inauguration . The move came after a jury last month found all six defendants in the first felony trial

The US government has dismissed charges against two-thirds of the defendants previously facing up to 60 years in prison for protesting President Donald Trump 's inauguration . The US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced it would drop the charges against 129 of the remaining 188

But at two trials, prosecutors have failed to secure any convictions. The latest blow came last week, when a jury either acquitted or could not reach a verdict in the cases against four defendants, three of whom the government alleged took part in property destruction. The government had dropped charges against 129 defendants after a jury acquitted six defendants on all charges in December.

Charges against another 10 defendants were dismissed because a judge found the government had withheld evidence that was provided to authorities by Project Veritas, a conservative group headed by James O’Keefe. With Wednesday’s dismissals, there are fewer than 40 defendants still facing felony charges.

Elizabeth Lagesse was one of the defendants who had her charges dropped on Wednesday. Lagesse, who has been a consistent presence in the courtroom for hearings in cases against other demonstrators, said the case has had a “huge impact” on her life. She ended up moving to D.C. to deal with the trial, and said it’s a “huge weight” off her shoulders to no longer be facing felony charges.

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WASHINGTON ― Justice Department prosecutors on Friday dropped pending felony charges against the 38 Charges against 10 defendants were dropped after a judge said that prosecutors had withheld Justice Department Drops More Charges Against Trump Inauguration Defendants .

The US government is dropping charges against the last 39 people accused of participating in a violent protest on the day of Donald Trump ’s inauguration . Friday’s motion to dismiss charges seemingly ends an 18-month saga that started with the justice department attempting to convict

Lagesse is part of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union that takes aim at the tactics used by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. She believes her involvement in the lawsuit, and her advocacy for other defendants, are part of the reason the charges against her weren’t dropped long ago.

“I think it’s because they didn’t want to drop someone who was part of the ACLU’s civil suit, and I think it’s because they didn’t want to drop someone who had sort of been a stick in their eye,” she said.

Lagesse’s partner, Michael Webber, is still facing charges and is set to go to trial in October.

Ryan Reilly is HuffPost’s senior justice reporter, covering the Justice Department, federal law enforcement, criminal justice and legal affairs. Have a tip? Reach him at [email protected] or on Signal at 202-527-9261.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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