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Up To 2,500 May Face Charges In Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol Riot

The investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack is the largest criminal inquiry in Justice Department history. Even even after more than three years, it has shown little sign of slowing down. Every week, a few more rioters are arrested and charges against them are unsealed in Washington, D.C. Prosecutors have suggested that a total of 2,000 or 2,500 people could ultimately face indictment for their roles in the attack, reports the New York Times. More than 1,380 people had been charged as of early this month. Among the most common charges brought against them are two misdemeanors: illegal parading inside the Capitol and entering and remaining in a restricted federal area, a type of trespassing. About 350 rioters have been accused of violating the obstruction statute that the Supreme Court is considering on Tuesday. Nearly 500 people have been charged with assaulting police officers.


Many rioters have been charged with multiple crimes, the most serious of which so far has been seditious conspiracy. Almost 800 defendants have pleaded guilty; about 250 of them have done so to felony charges. Prosecutors have won the vast majority of the cases that have gone to trial: More than 150 defendants have been convicted at trial and only two have been fully acquitted. More than 850 people have been sentenced so far, and about 520 have received at least some time in prison. The stiffest penalties have been handed down to the former leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, far-right extremist groups that played central roles in the Capitol attack. Enrique Tarrio, the former Proud Boys leader, was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and Stewart Rhodes, who once led the Oath Keepers, was given an 18-year term.

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