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USA: Supreme Court Makes It More Difficult to Charge Capitol Stormers

USA: Supreme Court Makes It More Difficult to Charge Capitol Stormers

As of: June 28, 2024 at 9:09 p.m

Trump supporters stormed the US Congress in 2021. Hundreds were convicted for this. The Supreme Court has now decided that a particular criminal offense can only be applied to a limited extent.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to make prosecutions related to the storming of the Capitol more difficult. The high court’s decision could also overturn several convictions of rioters and affect former President Donald Trump’s trial on charges of trying to rig the election in Washington.

Criminal offense Applies only in certain cases.

The court concluded that the crime of “obstructing, corruptly influencing, or obstructing official proceedings” could only be applied to the attack on the Capitol in certain circumstances.

Hundreds of rioters have been convicted of this crime, among others. The criminal offense is also part of the indictment against Trump in the election fraud trial in the US capital.

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. At the time, Congress had officially confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Trump incited his supporters during a speech by claiming that he had been robbed of his election victory through widespread fraud. The Republican wants to return to the White House after the November presidential election.

Appeal ruling Verification

Specifically, the Supreme Court reviewed an appeals ruling on an indictment against one of the rioters who participated in the attack on the Capitol. He was charged, among other things, with obstruction of an official proceeding. The plaintiff in the case argued that the crime could not be applied to the storming of the Capitol. Instead, it could only be used in classic cases of evidence tampering, such as falsifying or destroying documents.

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The Supreme Court has now ruled in favor of the narrow interpretation of the law and sent the case to lower courts. The prosecution in the election fraud case against Trump in Washington has previously argued that the criminal offense in the case is valid — regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The ruling raises legal questions.

The Supreme Court’s decision could at least raise legal questions in this case. Many of the Capitol rioters were not convicted or charged with anything other than this charge. The indictment against Trump also includes other charges.