Jan. 6 Prisoner Takes His Obstruction Charge to the Supreme Court

Article subtitle: 
'The federal government has effectively declared a jihad... on everyone within sight of Jan. 6,' attorney says
Article author: 
Patricia Tolson
Article publisher: 
Epoch Times
Article date: 
16 July 2023
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

... On July 7, attorneys for Jan. 6 prisoner Edward Jacob (Jake) Lang filed a document with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) challenging the government’s obstruction of Congress charge—one of the most common felony charges used against Jan. 6 defendants—which carries a 20-year prison sentence.

“We filed what’s called a writ of certiorari, or a request to the Supreme Court to hear an issue,” Norm Pattis, lead attorney for Mr. Lang, told The Epoch Times...

The “question presented for review” is “Whether the Court of Appeals erred in concluding that application of 18 U.S.C. Section 1512(c)(2), a statute crafted to prevent tampering with evidence in ‘official proceedings,’ can be used to prosecute acts of violence against police officers in the context of a public demonstration that turned into a riot, resulting in so ‘breathtaking’ an application of the statute as to run afoul of Van Buren v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 1648 (2021).”.

The document warns the high court that “dozens of convictions” on this same obstruction charge are “headed to this Court,” all arising from Jan. 6, and “Resolution of the question is imperative to prevent the use of this statute to prosecute folks who protested in a good faith belief that their actions were necessary to prevent an election from being stolen, an event tantamount to an internal coup d’état.”...

“It has a chilling effect on dissent and chills people in the exercise of their First Amendment rights… Now people are going to be afraid to go to a protest, because if that protest turns into a riot they might get charged with a felony carrying 20 years, and that’s ridiculous,”...


Clearly, the two-tiered, double standard of "justice" doesn't apply equally to the 2020 Antifa / BLM rioters that caused $2 billion in damages. Only Trump supporters are targets of this legal persecution. 

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