It’s Hard Work To Bring People To Justice, Get To It

H/T Scissorhead Skinny-D

The WaPo tells us:

Federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should decline to charge some of the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol this month — a politically loaded proposition but one alert to the practical concern that hundreds of such cases could swamp the local courthouse.

The internal discussions are in their early stages, and no decisions have been reached about whether to forgo charging some of those who illegally entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.

Justice Department officials have promised a relentless effort to identify and arrest those who stormed the Capitol that day, but internally there is robust back-and-forth about whether charging them all is the best course of action. That debate comes at a time when officials are keenly sensitive that the credibility of the Justice Department and the FBI are at stake in such decisions, given the apparent security and intelligence failures that preceded the riot, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss legal deliberations.

As Heather said, “Eff me gently with a chainsaw” —people were killed during the insurrection.  There’s a moral and legal obligation here.

The insurrectionists argue that they were just caught up in the moment and therefore don’t deserve to be punished. They were urging at least one insurrectionist to seal the tunnel where the lawmakers were gathered and to turn-on the gas.

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11 Responses to It’s Hard Work To Bring People To Justice, Get To It

  1. Wesley Sandel says:

    Every fascist regime follows the same pattern – as soon as they realize that they’re losing power they insist that they be given immunity for all their crimes because “patwiotism.”

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  2. Buttermilk Sky says:

    The Capitol Police should be furious — one of their own was murdered. They should be demonstrating, calling in with “blue flu” and demanding the death penalty for those responsible. Do they have a union? What’s going on?

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  3. roket says:

    Curious. I wonder what their attitude would be if we were talking about members of BLM instead of a bunch of misguided republicans. Can you say White Privilege?

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  4. Dennis Cole says:

    I thought that the assault on a federal building, and against federal employees is why the Fibbies were brought in, which should result in federal charges being brought against the perps, which should result in trials in federal courthouses. Are there not sufficient courthouses, or judges? I thought that Dumpy and Moscow Mitch were so busy “packing” them that there just wasn’t time enough for any other legislative actions.

    If such is not the case, then Biden and Schumer ought to get busy, and make sure enough judges and venues are made available to bring the malefactors to justice.

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  5. MDavis says:

    Equal protection – doesn’t this mean equal application of the laws?
    Trump touted a big deal new law against protesters in Portland, saying it required “TEN years in prison”.
    Trump’s big “save Portland” move to =””require maximum penalties for damage to public buildings turns out to have been (wait for it, try not to be too shocked) a lie. Turns out he was telling the boys to enforce rules already on the books, laws that held a maximum penalty of ten years in the pokey. Still Equal protections states that those busted for damage to public buildings in the capitol on Jan. 6 should be held to those same standard.
    It’s only fair.


  6. Lsamsa says:

    There seems to be less of ‘an outrage that will fervently seek out every participant and anyone with designs of causing similar harm to our country’ than there was after 9/11.
    Just how it seems on the outside here, to me.


  7. CalicoJack says:

    The real test should be to ask yourself, would you charge BLM activists if they had stormed the capitol screaming for the deaths of Pence and Pelosi and going through the private papers and offices of senators and representatives and destroying government property and murdering actual real live American police officers and terrorizing staffers and reporters? And, if your answer is anything other than, probably not since they’d all be dead at the foot of the stairs, you’re probably good with prosecuting all of them.


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