Why some US Capitol rioters are getting no jail time


These cases -- usually easy to prove with just video or digital evidence that puts the defendants in the Capitol during the riot -- have also allowed prosecutors to hold the mob participants accountable for their role in the riot, even if they weren't committing the more serious crimes of that day. "It's important to set that precedent that you can't claim to just be swept up in something and face no consequences when the thing you're swept up in is a violent attack on the United States government," said Adav Noti, a former special assistant US Attorney in Washington, DC, who is now at the Campaign Legal Center.

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