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  • Criminalizing Dissent: J20 Trial Drags On As Jury Deliberations Delayed

    December 20, 2017
    Washington, DC – A month after trial first began on November 20, the jury is still out in the case of the first six defendants among those mass arrested by DC Metro Police (MPD) at the anti-capitalist anti-fascist march during Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: After Proving “Mere Presence” J20 Prosecution Rests Case

    December 13, 2017
    Washington, DC – Since November 20, trial has been underway for the first group of defendants charged with multiple felonies after being caught up in a politically targeted mass arrest of an anarchist protest march during Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20 (J20). The arrests…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: Trump Inauguration Protest Trial Enters Fourth Week

    December 9, 2017
    Washington, DC – Several weeks into the first trial of the individuals who were mass arrested during President Trump’s inauguration in DC on January 20 (J20), the prosecution is almost ready to rest its case. The arrests occurred at 12th & L streets when police…...
  • Police Commander Behind J20 Arrests Joked About Holocaust, LGBTs

    December 3, 2017
    Washington, DC – On Thursday, November 30 the jury in Judge Lynn Leibovitz’s courtroom primarily heard from DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Commander Keith Deville, who was the ‘incident commander’ responsible for ordering, overseeing and coordinating MPD operations regarding inauguration protests on January 20 (J20).…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: Contested Evidence Introduced in J20 Trial Testimony

    November 29, 2017
    Washington, DC – The first trial of people mass-arrested during protests against Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017 is well underway. Jurors are continuing to hear testimony from prosecution witnesses called by Assistant US Attorneys Jennifer Kerkhoff and Rizwan Qureshi. The current trial…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: Trials Begin for Trump Inauguration J20 Protests

    November 29, 2017
    Washington, DC – In the courtroom of Judge Lynn Leibovitz, DC Superior Court, proceedings are underway for the first trial group of those mass-arrested during Trump’s inauguration protests. The individuals who were rounded up indiscriminately by police using a crowd-control tactic known as “kettling”, are…...
  • Protesters Face 80 Years as US Attorney Brings Unprecedented Mass Felony Charges

    June 29, 2017
    Washington, DC – Dozens of the over two hundred people arrested protesting President Trump’s inauguration on January 20 (‘J20’) have appeared in court over the last two weeks. (Content Advisory: Sexual Assault) The arrests took place on the morning of January 20 during an ‘anti-capitalist/anti-fascist’…...
  • FERC Protest, Evict the DNC, & Disrupt the DeploraBall on the Eve of Trump’s Inauguration

    January 23, 2017
    Washington, D.C. – One day before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, protesters converged on Washington, D.C. to broadcast their anger about a variety of issues that are becoming more visible with the upcoming administration about to take…...