Another Defendant Acquitted (Mostly!) as Jury Heads into Final Stretch of Circus Trial (Maybe!)
By Defend J20 Resistance
On June 6th, around noon EST, the jury announced it had reached a verdict for another defendant in the group of defendants who began trial on May 14th. The jury unanimously agreed that the defendant was not guilty on all charges except "engaging in a riot", which is a misdemeanor. For that one defendant and one charge,the jury was deadlocked, and Judge Knowles declared a mistrial. The government has 30 days to re-file charges if they choose to do so.
While we are thrilled about this news, we are anxiously awaiting a verdict regarding the remaining two defendants, and want to keep up continued support for the remaining 44 defendants still facing trial this summer and fall. We urge people in the DC-area to show up to court to support the defendants as they await a verdict, as well as to donate at defendj20resistance.org.
More court recaps will be posted here ASAP. For real-time updates, check out Unicorn Riot's twitter feed.