[ Editor’s Note: Thank God that a DC Court judge has stood up and called a spade a spade. Her using the term ‘schizophrenic’, despite the qualifier, was something that needed to be said.
But the Justice Department failure here goes beyond Judge Howell’s reputation concerns, and I may need to write her about it. These light sentence Trumpers, after they have served their baby sentences, are going to become ‘cult heroes’ in Trumper land.
Republican dark money is going to pop up to put them on tours as heroes of the Trump movement, and even running them for local offices where the Trumpers hold sway.
I know DoJ people have to be smart to work there, but they now have me worried about their lack of ‘street’ common sense. The punishment must fit the crime, and I am 100% onboard with Judge Howell that this was the biggest stain on our democracy since the tragedy of the civil war.
Look at the punishment dished out for the former insurrection event, a long Reconstruction period, not allowed to vote or run for office, illiterate blacks put in Congress with babysitters having to explain everything when they had to vote.
What the DoJ is creating is an ‘Insurrection Two’ in 2024, where these January 6 people are front line campaign celebrities being used to put Trump back in.
They will be doing rallies everywhere on how ‘the job’s not finished yet until we have full control and our boots on the necks of the Dems for eternity’. That work is well in progress.
Is it maybe time that protest permits need to be made so the DoJ gets the message? This is no time for half measures. We have an enemy that will not balk at using anything to get what it wants.
It may not be proper to use the treason word now, but how long are we going to wait? Do we really want it to get worse?… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … October 29, 2021
A federal judge thrashed the Justice Department on Thursday for offering “petty offense” plea deals to Jan. 6 defendants who she said tarnished America’s reputation in the world and enabled violent rioters to threaten the peaceful transfer of power — even if they committed no violence themselves.
Beryl Howell, the chief judge of the federal District Court in Washington, D.C., said prosecutors appeared “almost schizophrenic” in describing the insurrection in extreme terms but then settling for second-tier misdemeanor plea agreements with dozens of defendants.
…“This is a muddled approach by the government,” said Howell, an appointee of President Barack Obama. “I’m trying to make sense of the government’s position here.”
Howell then made clear that she considered all participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach — which the Justice Department now estimates at 2,000 to 2,500 people — enablers of an assault against the republic.
“The damage to the reputation of our democracy, which is usually held up around the world … that reputation suffered because of Jan. 6,” Howell said, noting that the mob chased lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence into hiding, and sent staffers ducking under their desks for cover.
“The rioters attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 were not mere trespassers engaging in protected First Amendment conduct or protests,” Howell added. “They were not merely disorderly, as countless videos show the mob that attacked the Capitol was violent. Everyone participating in the mob contributed to that violence.”