Ample Jan. 6 Evidence Helps Secure High Conviction Rate in Capitol Riot

Posted on AllSides January 3rd, 2023
From The Center
Criminal Justice, Capitol Riot, January 6

WASHINGTON—In the two years since a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, prosecutors have secured guilty pleas from more than half the rioters they have charged, helping lead to a 99.8% conviction rate.

Dustin Thompson tried to beat those odds. The 38-year-old Ohioan pleaded not guilty and took the stand to say he was only answering President Trump’s call that day to supporters to “fight like hell.” Now he is serving a three-year sentence after jurors convicted him on a number of charges, talking to his wife twice a day from a jailhouse iPad....

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