In a first, Judge Randolph Moss, found the first case of January 6th Protestors guilty. It was a felony crime of obstructing an official proceeding that they ended up charging the protestor, Paul Hodgkins. He will serve 8 months prison time as part of his deal.
Paul himself didn’t cause any harm, didn’t partake in any of the violence or any of the ransacking of the building. He simply went inside and walked around. This will set the bar for all the other Americans who are still imprisoned without trial since Jan 6.
The prosecutors were pushing for 18 months behind bars for Paul, but the judge only gave 8 months. Many still think this is an atrocity to have these individuals serve any time at all. Protestors are routinely entering the Capitol building and non have ever served time like this. It is completely unprecedented.
Just this past week a Democrat, Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio was arrested for leading a protest into the the Hart Senate Office Building and was arrested by Capitol Police. She was immediately released and not charged. Her language while protesting and on social media was full of the same language that has gotten so many conservatives in trouble. However, he social media is fully intact and her protestors, including herself, were able to march into the building and protest and be released.
It’s a clear double standard.