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6 protesters acquitted of rioting, related charges stemming from Inauguration Day
WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | December 21, 2017 2:30 pm | Amanda Iacone and Megan Cloherty

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 won’t be afraid to show up and go protest and get in the streets and not be worried that they’ll get mass arrested like we did,” said Michelle Macchio, one of the six acquitted defendants. “This sets a really strong precedent that that’s not ok and you can’t 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 isn’t 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtop.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: dc; michellemacchio; radicalleft; rentamob; trumpinaurural
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1 posted on 12/21/2017 12:03:01 PM PST by COBOL2Java
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Oh barf....


2 posted on 12/21/2017 12:05:48 PM PST by Daddaroo
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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.


3 posted on 12/21/2017 12:05:50 PM PST by COBOL2Java (John McCain treats GOP voters like he treated his first wife)
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To: COBOL2Java
As we saw in other democrat-controlled cities, conspiracy to riot and to engage in terrorism is not a crime if the powers that be disapprove of your target. The Left disgusts me.

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.

4 posted on 12/21/2017 12:06:56 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: COBOL2Java

D.C.?

The jury was likely in on the riot.


5 posted on 12/21/2017 12:07:04 PM PST by TigerClaws
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To: COBOL2Java

If you’re a leftist “protester” destroying property, that is now YOUR “first amendment right” to do so.


6 posted on 12/21/2017 12:07:19 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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Next time somebody I dont like gets elected I am going break every window and burn every building I see


7 posted on 12/21/2017 12:07:44 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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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.


8 posted on 12/21/2017 12:08:00 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (SCHLONGED: How Donald Trump Beat My Lying, Marxist Ass and Went On to Win the November Election. HRC)
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Yup, no sh*t. Found all jury at the nearest skid row. probably the same POS jury flown in from the Kate Steinle case.


9 posted on 12/21/2017 12:11:36 PM PST by beergarden
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To: COBOL2Java

Call it “speech” and you can get away with anything (except if you’re a Christian baker.)


10 posted on 12/21/2017 12:12:51 PM PST by fwdude (Why is it that the only positive things to come out of LGBT organizations are their AIDS tests?)
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11 posted on 12/21/2017 12:12:55 PM PST by mrmeyer (You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. Robert Heinlein)
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D.C. Superior Court.

Explains the jury nullification. I am should if thee same exact events happened during an Obama inauguration the defendants would be in the slammer.

12 posted on 12/21/2017 12:13:05 PM PST by C19fan
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To: COBOL2Java

This jury illustrates why Trump could never get a fair hearing anywhere in DC.


13 posted on 12/21/2017 12:13:07 PM PST by MileHi (Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks.)
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Have you been there? The people who populate DC are idiots. 96 percent of them voted for other than Trump.


14 posted on 12/21/2017 12:14:59 PM PST by laconic
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Now reindict in federal court immediately for violation of our civil rights. NOW!!!


15 posted on 12/21/2017 12:25:17 PM PST by raiderboy ( "...if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall")
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To: COBOL2Java

Hang this judge.


16 posted on 12/21/2017 12:28:30 PM PST by ex91B10
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Have you been there? The people who populate DC are idiots.

No, and because of them I likely never will. And these people will make up any grand jury Mueller would go to.

17 posted on 12/21/2017 12:32:34 PM PST by MileHi (Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Exactly as expected. The jury pool in DC is drawn from the same civilizational parasites who swoon over the prospects of a free Obama phone.
 
18 posted on 12/21/2017 12:35:26 PM PST by Governor Dinwiddie (CNN is fake news.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Story doesn’t say how many were not acquitted of rioting, and other related charges stemming from Inauguration Day.


19 posted on 12/21/2017 12:50:15 PM PST by Garvin (Always remember folks, kill a commie for mommy ~ Semper Fi, Mac!)
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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.


20 posted on 12/21/2017 12:54:30 PM PST by JohnyBoy (The GOP Senate is intentionally trying to lose the majority.)
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