The people who made the decision to protest at President Donald Trump’s inauguration have just received some very bad news. According to the Washington Examiner, a judge has just made the announcement that the charges against these protesters will not be dropped, as previously thought.
Somewhere around 200 people were charged with rioting on the same day that Trump was put into office. He did not let this get in his way, but it did rub a lot of people the wrong way. This was supposed to be a day for celebration and it was turned into violent protests by far-left groups.
The people who were arrested argued that the laws did not apply to them as they only applied to violent protests. The judge presiding over the case had a very different opinion on the matter.
Thursday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz ordered that the dismissal of these charges be stopped. The will be tried this coming November and could easily go into 2018. It sounds like the president will be getting justice over these people after all. They say that their protests were not violent, but that is not what many people around saw.
The judge wrote:
“It is well settled that persons who may intend political protest, but who become violent or who willfully incite violence or other conduct that creates a grave risk of injury to property and persons in the course of the protest, are not shielded from prosecution.”
Of the more than 200 people total, 194 of the trials are still pending. Nineteen have pleaded guilty. All of them have been charged with rioting and destruction of property. The judge says that they are to be dealt with on a person to person basis.
Reuters reported that these protesters threw rocks and debris at police as the police responded with tear gas and shields. The whole thing was a very tense situation and the fact that they seem to think they were not violent is frightening, to say the least.
Luckily, this is some good news for those that were hoping to see these people pay for their crimes.