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The six defendants facing decades in prison for protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration have been found not guilty, in a trial that sparked a national conversation on First Amendment rights in the age of Trump.
A Washington, DC jury cleared the defendants of all seven charges against them. The defendants were the first of nearly 200 people slated to stand trial for their involvement in the 20 January protests. Their trial is expected to set the precedent for how the remainder of the defendants will be prosecuted moving forward.
The six defendants all attended the Disrupt J20 march in Washington – an event that DC Metropolitan Police say eventually turned violent, resulting in some $100,000 in property destruction. In their opening arguments, however, the prosecution conceded they had no evidence of the six defendants engaging in any of the property destruction themselves.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254the prosecution conceded they had no evidence of the six defendants engaging in any of the property destruction themselves.