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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"Jury Finds First Batch Of Inauguration Protesters Not Guilty Of Riot Charges"

From NPR, via the NACDL news scan:

"From the start, government prosecutors did not attempt to prove that any of the defendants had personally committed acts of violence or vandalism. Instead they argued that the entire group of protesters, many of whom wore face masks, was guilty of supporting and providing cover as others smashed windows downtown and set fire to a parked limo on K Street. ...

"Much of the evidence consisted of a variety of videos, from security cameras, police helicopters and, in some cases, posted to social media by the defendants themselves. Prosecutors also interviewed dozens of witnesses, but none who could identify any of the defendants as a perpetrator."

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