Zoe Tillman
Zoe Tillman
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Judges: Don’t Call Capitol Rioters "Tourists"

Judges: Don’t Call Capitol Rioters "Tourists"

The defense that Jan. 6 rioters were simply "tourists" has struck a nerve with prosecutors and judges. "No rioter was a mere tourist that day." When Robert Reeder sat down with two FBI agents in April to talk about his involvement in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, he described himself as an “accidental tourist with a phone trying to document everything.” The government wasn’t buying it. Reeder “was a rioter violating the law; not a journalist; not a tourist,” the prosecutor countered this month in a brief that slammed Reeder’s apparent lack of remorse despite pleading guilty. It made...

Aug 27
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Hundreds Who Stormed The Capitol May Not Be Charged

Hundreds Who Stormed The Capitol May Not Be Charged

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Mar 16
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Prosecutors Expect To Start Offering Plea Deals To Alleged Capitol Rioters In The Next 30 Days

Prosecutors Expect To Start Offering Plea Deals To Alleged Capitol Rioters In The Next 30 Days

AdvertisementWASHINGTON — The US attorney’s office in Washington, DC, expects to start offering plea deals to people charged in the Capitol insurrection in the next 30 days, a prosecutor told a judge on Friday.None of the 300-plus people charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol have pleaded guilty to charges so far. Court filings in recent weeks have confirmed that some defendants are open to cutting a deal, but until now prosecutors had been vague about timing, at least in their public representations about the investigation. They’ve told judges that because of the...

Mar 12
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A Judge Ordered The "Cowboys For Trump" Founder To Remain In Jail Through His Trial

A Judge Ordered The "Cowboys For Trump" Founder To Remain In Jail Through His Trial

AdvertisementWASHINGTON — A judge on Monday ordered Couy Griffin — the "Cowboys for Trump" founder charged with participating in the — to remain in jail pending trial, agreeing with prosecutors that he was a flight risk and posed a danger to the community if released.Griffin, a county commissioner in Otero County, New Mexico, is charged with one count of illegally entering a restricted area. In other cases where the government has argued for pretrial incarceration for people charged in the insurrection, the defendants have typically faced more serious felony counts, such as assaulting law...

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Biden Was Against Packing The Supreme Court. A New Progressive Group Wants To Change His Mind.

Biden Was Against Packing The Supreme Court. A New Progressive Group Wants To Change His Mind.

AdvertisementWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden inherited dozens of federal court vacancies to fill when he took office, and more seats already are opening up, but liberal groups are ramping up efforts to convince the White House and Congress that it’s not enough.Faced with a 6–3 conservative majority on the US Supreme Court and 200-plus lower court judges confirmed under former president Donald Trump, a new coalition of liberal groups called “Unrig the Courts” is launching this week with the goal of building public support and political momentum for dramatic structural changes, BuzzFeed News...

Jan 27
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Trump And Republicans Had A Very Bad 72 Hours In Court Trying To Challenge The Election Results

Trump And Republicans Had A Very Bad 72 Hours In Court Trying To Challenge The Election Results

AdvertisementWASHINGTON — Over the span of just 72 hours, President Donald Trump and his supporters have faced a barrage of court losses and setbacks in Pennsylvania, underscoring their inability to make a dent in the despite the flood of cases they’ve filed since Nov. 3.The campaign hasn’t focused its legal efforts on one state or one issue, instead pursuing challenges big and small across the country. The bulk of cases that are still active at this point are in Pennsylvania. Despite the campaign’s messaging that the sheer quantity of legal challenges speaks to a deeper problem with the...

Nov 16
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