Washington, D.C., rioters who raged in the streets during President Donald Trump’s inauguration have apparently been deemed innocent in the eyes of the law.
A Superior Court judge for the D.C. Circuit just dismissed charges of rioting against six suspects, citing lack of evidence.
How lucky for them.
What a blow to law and order, though.
The riots were quite spectacular, in terms of the amount of mayhem and madness they created in the streets:
Guess that’s what passes for innocence these days.
The Daily Caller News Foundation has more:
Judge Lynn Leibovitz heard arguments over the past three weeks and determined the prosecution couldn’t prove the defendants intended to incite a riot, The Washington Post reports. The charge could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
More than 150 people were arrested on Inauguration Day for various alleged acts of vandalism that included smashing windows with bricks and crowbars, but the state argued the blame for the riots rested with these six individuals, WaPo reported.
“None of them engaged in conduct that amounted to urging other persons to destroy property,” Leibovitz said.
The defendants are still facing five felony charges for destruction of property and two misdemeanor charges of engaging in a riot. The felony charges could result in up to 10 years in prison, while the misdemeanor charges carry a sentence of 180 days in jail for each count, according to WaPo.
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