A federal judge on Friday upheld the Justice Department’s decision to use a felony obstruction law against US Capitol rioters, a major victory for prosecutors who have used the statute to charge hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who were involved in the January 6 insurrection.
Several other defendants have challenged the law, and many of those challenges are still pending. But Friday’s ruling means the Justice Department’s strategy for charging the Capitol rioters has survived a key test. Federal Judge Dabney Friedrich denied a request by two rioters to throw out the charge — “obstruction of an official proceeding.”
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Felony obstruction of Congress charges upheld by federal judge. A big win for DOJ and a big loss for insurrectionist rioters.https://t.co/lgj8fJgxSq
— Jill Wine-Banks (@JillWineBanks) December 13, 2021