Skip to comments.6 protesters acquitted of rioting, related charges stemming from Inauguration Day
Posted on 12/21/2017 12:03:01 PM PST by COBOL2Java
WASHINGTON Six protesters cleared of all charges related to riots that broke out on Inauguration Day were jubilant and declared a victory for lawful dissent after a jury found them not guilty Thursday following a monthlong trial.
People wont be afraid to show up and go protest and get in the streets and not be worried that theyll get mass arrested like we did, said Michelle Macchio, one of the six acquitted defendants. This sets a really strong precedent that thats not ok and you cant criminalize dissent.
The jury deliberated for a week before delivering its verdict in D.C. Superior Court.
Defendants described their reaction in the courtroom as relief, followed by hugging and sobbing.
This isnt just about the six of us. This about the other 188 people that are left to go.
All we can do is hope that these acquittals really set the stage for them to also get acquittals, Macchio said.
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So I guess torching a limo and smashing up a Starbucks is now OK as long as you’re protesting a Republican.
I hope the thugs on the left understand what happens when the courts are corrupted. I'm okay with vigilantes providing justice and protection if government won't do its job.
The jury was likely in on the riot.
If you’re a leftist “protester” destroying property, that is now YOUR “first amendment right” to do so.
Next time somebody I dont like gets elected I am going break every window and burn every building I see
What about the “protestors” who spray-painted the coats of military widows as they were entering one of the inaugural balls?
These “protestors” should rot in prison.
And these D.C. juries....must be largely dem, low IQ blacks.
Yup, no sh*t. Found all jury at the nearest skid row. probably the same POS jury flown in from the Kate Steinle case.
Call it “speech” and you can get away with anything (except if you’re a Christian baker.)
Explains the jury nullification. I am should if thee same exact events happened during an Obama inauguration the defendants would be in the slammer.
This jury illustrates why Trump could never get a fair hearing anywhere in DC.
Have you been there? The people who populate DC are idiots. 96 percent of them voted for other than Trump.
Now reindict in federal court immediately for violation of our civil rights. NOW!!!
Hang this judge.
No, and because of them I likely never will. And these people will make up any grand jury Mueller would go to.
Story doesn’t say how many were not acquitted of rioting, and other related charges stemming from Inauguration Day.
Not surprising, liberals don’t believe in justice. When their communist buddies commit a crime they protect and enable the criminals. If you want Justice in this country you’re not going to find it in the courts.
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