The DOJ May Have Just Let Capitol Rioters Off the Hook

( – In recent weeks, the Department of Justice has abandoned the throw-the-book-at-them mentality that existed under former President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr. Trump’s policies held people accountable who rioted and destroyed federal property.

However, the Biden administration is taking a different approach to the handling of violent “protesters.” Federal prosecutors are now striking deals with rioters in Portland, OR, that will not involve jail time. Instead, the protesters will just have to do community service; and, as long as they stay out of trouble, they won’t get criminal records.

The new policy is raising questions about those who participated in the January 6 Capitol Hill riot. Will they receive the same treatment and leniency? Many of those charged with a crime in the DC riots behaved similarly to those charged in Portland. Now that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has set a standard in Portland, defense attorneys for those charged in the DC riots will have a precedent that could help their clients avoid jail time.

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