Charges brought by the U.S. government against more than 200 people who protested on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated President were abruptly dropped today.
The government's case amounted to threatening 234 people with a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison for 6 broken windows. It's great that reason prevailed. It's not great that it took a year and a half, and that exercising their right to free speech cost these people so much.
BREAKING: The US attorney's office in DC is dismissing all remaining Inauguration Day mass arrest cases. The government had been unable to secure any convictions at trial so far; there were 38 cases left.Filing: https://t.co/G3Sj03ZyyNStatement from the US attorney's office: pic.twitter.com/ikySuzE65s
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 6, 2018
Keith Alexander at the Washington Post: