What the Capitol Riot Prosecutions Tell Us

Police clear the U.S. Capitol with tear gas in Washington, D.C. January 6, 2021. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)
The rioters will be punished appropriately, but not punished as if they were terrorists who were trying to overthrow the United States government.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he office of the United States attorney for the District of Columbia has a “Sedition Task Force” focused on the January 6 riot . . . but it doesn’t have a sedition case.

Federal prosecutors haven’t charged any terrorism offenses, but, as a rationale for denying one defendant bail, they are trying to convince a skeptical federal judge that by damaging a doorway in forcing her way into the Capitol — a crime often treated as a misdemeanor, and for which the maximum sentence is just ten years — she committed a “crime of terrorism.”

Let’s be real. With due respect to

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