SCOTUS Justice Gorsuch Grills Biden DOJ over Extreme Jan 6 Sentences for ‘Mostly Peaceful Protests’

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch demanded answers from Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) over the extreme sentences handed down to Jan. 6 defendants.

Gorsuch grilled Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar over the extreme prison sentences for those involved in protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The SCOTUS justice noted the harshness of the sentencing when compared with similarly situated left-wing protesters and rioters.

The overwhelming majority of leftist protesters, violent rioters, and looters face slaps on the wrist if they face any accountability at all.

The court is currently hearing oral arguments in a case brought forward by former Pennsylvania police officer Joseph Fischer.

Fischer is one of several hundred Jan. 6 defendants charged with an obscure felony for “obstruction of an official proceeding.”

The novel legal theory draws from the Enron corruption scandal and has been exclusively deployed against the Jan. 6 defendants.

Jan. 6 defendants are being charged with the felony statute, in addition to a handful of misdemeanors.

Meanwhile, however, the vast majority of left-wing protesters are not even charged when engaging in similar conduct.

There has been no four-year manhunt to hunt down trespassers from the 2020 Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots.

Thousands of those involved in the BLM riots trespassed on federal property and destroyed local communities.

Unsurprisingly, the DOJ also hasn’t hunted down the left-wing pro-Hamas protesters who have stormed the White House.

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Abortion protesters, far-left militants who attacked federal courthouses in 2020, and thousands of other left-wing protesters who have occupied federal buildings and obstructed proceedings, have all been given a free pass.

During Wednesday’s arguments, Gorsuch pressed Prelogar over the disparities in sentencing while referencing a number of examples, including the protests against Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“Would a sit-in that disrupts a trial or access to a federal courthouse qualify?” Gorsuch questioned.

“Would a heckler in today’s audience qualify or at the State of the Union address?

“Would pulling a fire alarm before a vote qualify for 20 years in federal prison?” he continued, referencing the incident where Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulled a fire alarm and caused Congress to pause a vote.

Bowman was given a slap on the wrist where he avoided jail time and was merely required to write an apology essay about his actions.

Prelogar responded by referring to real-world examples cited by Gorsuch as “hypotheticals.”

She went on to state that proving intent is a key aspect of the statute and insinuated that malicious intent was evident in the case of President Donald Trump’s supporters on Jan. 6, Prelogar claimed.

This is not the case with “minor disruptions” from left-wing protesters, she added.

“So that means that if you have some minor disruption or delay or some minimal outburst, we don’t think it falls within the actus reus to begin with,” she said.

“My outbursts require the court to reconvene after the proceeding has been brought back into line, or the pulling of the fire alarm, the vote has to be rescheduled, or the protest outside of a courthouse makes it inaccessible for a period of time,” Gorsuch followed up.

“Are those all federal felonies subject to 20 years in prison?

“So, with some of them it would be necessary to show nexus.

“So with respect to the protest outside the courthouse, we’d have to show that yes, they were aiming at the proceeding,” she continued.

This comment prompted Gorsuch to point out that they clearly were attempting to halt the proceeding.

“Yes, and then we’d also have to be able to prove that they acted corruptly and this sets a stringent mens rea.

“It’s not even just the mere intent to obstruct.

“We have to show that also, but we have to show that they had corrupt intent in acting in that way,” she continued.

“But I guess what I would say is that to the extent that your hypotheticals are pressing on the idea of a peaceful protest, even one that’s quite disruptive, it’s not clear to me that the government would be able to show that each of those protesters had corrupt intent.”

To date, the Biden DOJ has charged more than 1,400 Americans in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol protests.

The nationwide hunt continues to this day, over three years after the protests.

Hundreds of defendants have been sentenced to months or even years in prison for non-violent conduct.

64 percent of those convicted were sentenced to prison.

READ MORE – DOJ Ramping Up Jan 6 Arrests Ahead of November Elections, Report Reveals

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