DOJ Letting Portland Rioters Off Easy May Jeopardize Political Persecution of Capitol ProtestersChris Menahan
Apr. 14, 2021
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The Department of Justice's decision to let a bunch of Portland rioters off with a mere slap on the wrist may make the blatant political persecution of Capitol protesters more difficult, according to a report from Politico released Wednesday.
From Politico, "Leniency for defendants in Portland clashes could affect Capitol riot cases":
Federal prosecutors' show of leniency for some defendants charged in the long-running unrest in the streets of Portland could have an impact on similar criminal cases stemming from the Capitol riot, lawyers say.Remember folks, as Biden-appointed DOJ head Merrick Garland said during his confirmation hearing in February, the Portland riots were no big deal because they happened at night!
Five of the Portland cases in which deals were recently struck involved a felony charge of interfering with police during civil disorder. Some defendants are accused of punching or jumping on police officers during the street battles. One individual was charged after being accused of shining a high-powered green laser into the eyes of officers seeking to disperse a riot outside a police union building.The Biden regime also offered a plea deal to the BLM lawyers who threw a Molotov cocktail at a police cruiser in New York City last year.
One defense attorney in Washington representing Capitol riot defendants said he planned to raise the Portland cases as negotiations begin between the government and defendants over those arising from the Capitol.Everyone being charged needs to make this argument.
There are already signs the Portland deals could create contrasts or anomalies with the Capitol cases. While the Portland defendants now face no jail or criminal conviction in connection with assaulting law enforcement, prosecutors in Washington have sought pretrial detention in virtually all the Capitol riot cases involving alleged assaults on police.Politico reported last week that many Capitol protesters are being held in indefinite detention and solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and some have been "severely beaten" by DC corrections officers who told them they "hate all white people."
Judges have indicated they are trying to make sure that they avoid inconsistencies in the way they handle the hundreds of Capitol cases. It is less clear whether and how that principle will apply when comparisons are made with prosecutions unrelated to the Jan. 6 riot.I'm not going to hold my breath expecting any sort of consistency on behalf of our court system.
As Tucker Carlson said during his monologue on Wednesday night, America now has "two systems of justice -- one for the allies of the people in charge and one for their enemies."
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