The second trial of Trump Inauguration protesters arrested during an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist march has ended. Earlier this day the jury informed Judge Knowles that they were deadlocked on all counts against defendant Anthony Felice, but one. Feliece was acquitted of assaulting a police office and the judge declared a mistrial on the other charges. At the end of the day, the jury informed Judge Knowles that they were deadlocked on all charges against the remaining defendant Michael Basillas, resulting in a mistrial on all counts.
The second trial group consisted of four defendants, with the jury delivering partial verdicts about one defendant at time. On Monday, the jury acquitted Cathseigh Webber of all charges. On Wednesday, they acquitted Seth Cadman on all counts, but single misdemeanor charge on which they deadlocked. The prosecution has 30 days to refile any of the charges which resulted in a mistrial.
This is yet another stunning defeat for the prosecution, headed by Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff, which along with DC police have spent a stunning 17 months on these cases.
So far their track record of defeat includes:
Even if the US Attorney’s Office decides not to pursue that charges on which the jury deadlocked, there are still nearly 40 protesters facing charges. Given that a jury has yet to return a single guilty verdict and that these absurd charges, which use guilt by association logic to criminalize attending a protest, should never have been brought it is time to dismiss the remaining charges.