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Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss Jan. 6 Charges Against Proud Boys

A Federal Judge has rejected arguments to dismiss charges against four members of the Proud Boys relating to charges leveled against them relating to the Jan. 6 protests. 

The defendants — Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl, and Charles Donohoe — have been charged with violating a federal law that makes it a felony to obstruct an official government proceeding, among other charges.

In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly rejected arguments by the four Proud Boys defendants that obstruction charges should be thrown out.

That very same obstruction charge has been used by prosecutors in more than 230 of the 700 criminal cases against participants in the assault.

Four people died on the day of the riot by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, and one Capitol police officer died the next day of injuries sustained while defending Congress.

Hundreds of police were injured during the several-hour onslaught, and four officers who guarded the Capitol have since taken their own lives.

The Proud Boys defendants said the obstruction law is unconstitutional because it is vaguely written and seriously impinges upon free speech rights.

Kelly, who sits in the District of Columbia, rejected that argument.

“No matter Defendants political motivations or any political message they wished to express, this alleged conduct is simply not protected by the First Amendment,” Kelly said in his ruling. “Defendants are not, as they argue, charged with anything like burning flags, wearing black armbands, or participating in mere sit-ins or protests.”

About 40 defendants allegedly affiliated with far-right groups like the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters have been charged with conspiring either to impede Congress or law enforcement officials protecting the Capitol.


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  1. Free speech rights does not include the act of insurrection. Make no mistake this pro-Trump mob was an attack on our U.S. Constitution.

    Know the Law: 18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection
    Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

    • Anyone that believes what happened on Jan 6th was an insurrection is deluded. Don’t take my word for it, ask the FBI. They have already affirmed that there was no plan, control or direction. By definition, that’s not insurrection. It was a protest where a handful of people got out of hand, and most if not all of that was caused or initiated by inciters planted in the crowd by the FBI, and or the same people that do that in ANTIFA, BLM, and the G7 protests that happen every time they meet. So far, our vaunted FBI has convicted a number of people on such henous crimes as trespassing and parading after they were ALLOWED in by capitol police. The officer that died the next day did not die of injuries from protesters; it was an unrelated death. The only people that died as a direct result of violence that day were protesters killed by the police (Ashly Babbit and another woman that was beaten by police while lying helpless on the ground). There are credible reports that the police themselves acted agressively to incite the crowd. The fact that some 200 of them have resigned supports that idea. You don’t get that many resignations because they had a hard day, that happens when they had to do something that went against their conscious. Open your eyes. You see insurestion because you want to (and leftist propaganda pushes it), not because of what happened.

      • Sorry to brake your delusional concept of what happened. The pro Trump mob that stormed the capital for only one reason. That was stop the counting of electoral votes. There were more than 63 lawsuits. (For a report see [1]). All these lawsuits FAILED to prove that the election results would change the out come of the election.

        This why America needs to have public hearings to show beyond reasonable doubt that this insurrection was an attack in our US Constitution and to overturn a legally certified election. The true facts needs to be exposed and for those who planned and executed this attack on congress needs to be brought to justice.

        Bottom line: Trump LIED that the election was stolen. We are a nation of laws and mob rule is unacceptable.

        • The — you need to change your handle to “democrap lies” instead of the -truth which obviously like the dempcraps, you don’t tell.

    • Pelosi has done much of the same. Hmmm Wonder why she hasn’t been arrested. Oh, that’s right… she’s a member of the elites

    • None of this qualifies. This was NO riot, nor Insurrection, if you’re smart enough to look up the definitions. This wasn’t a Trump mob, because the leaders of this protest were our own FBI assholes, and Capitol Police working with Piglosi. Those are facts even you retards can’t hide! Congress had no legal right to certify this idiot, in the first place, because he didn’t win a damn thing. He was installed in a fraudulent election. You Dimmocraps will get yours, bet on it!

  2. Why hasn’t this man been arrested.. Video taped as the real insurrections!!
    Roy Eppa was an FBI plant, caught inciting violence the day of, and days leading up to Jan 6

  3. Conservative Free Press just repeated a LIE the Main Stream Media has been guilty of perpetuating. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sidnick did not die from injuries sustained in the riot. He died from Cerebrovascular Accident, a stroke. The Coroner confirmed this was the cause of death, and that the Officer had No injuries from the riot that would have caused the CVA.

    Get your facts right

  4. Federal Judge Kelly should be Disbarred and Imprisoned. Just because he is a O’ BUTTHEAD aka
    Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Park Nominated Judge doesn’t give him the Power to do what he wants because he HATES White People.

  5. The Capitol Police officer that died the day after was of natural causes and not as a result of injuries from January 6th. Please report correctly and do not spread the disinformation of the left.

  6. Another corrupt Soros/ socialist democrat judge legislating from the bench. We have no system of justice for 99 percent of the population. Only politicos and ultra wealthy elitist are protected by our nation’s laws.

  7. None of this qualifies. This was NO riot, nor Insurrection, if you’re smart enough to look up the definitions. This wasn’t a Trump mob, because the leaders of this protest were our own FBI assholes, and Capitol Police working with Piglosi. Those are facts even you retards can’t hide! Congress had no legal right to certify this idiot, in the first place, because he didn’t win a damn thing. He was installed in a fraudulent election. You Dimmocraps will get yours, bet on it!

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  9. Seems to me the Conservative free press better do some research before posting an article full of libtard lies. I only know of 2 people who were killed and they were both UNARMED peaceful protesting women. One was murdered(shot) and the other was kicked to death by the capitol police– how tough they must feel. I wonder when they are going to starting prosecuting the true culprits like the undercover fbi agents, the democrap plants and capitol police that were in the crowd inciting the violence and inviting people to enter OUR capitol building. If anyone believes this was an “insurrection” I have a bridge to sell you going across the Atlantic Ocean.

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