Supreme Court’s Decision Has Big Implications For Jan 6th

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( – In a 6-3 ruling the Supreme Court has narrowed the charges on obstruction that could be used in Jan. 6 cases. This decision had resulted in several cases being reopened only hours after Friday’s ruling was released. 

The Hill, in its report, noted that the federal judge who had presided over the trial of Guy Reffitt, who is the first Jan. 6 defendant that a jury had found guilty, called for his lawyers and the Department of Justice to propose a new schedule for “further proceedings.” Based on this latest order by the judge, it is likely that the case will be resentenced. 

Reffitt was convicted on five counts, one of which is an obstruction of an official proceedings charge which is the result of Section 1512 (c)(2). According to the charge, it is a crime to “corruptly” impede, interfere, or obstruct official inquiries or Congressional investigations, with the maximum sentence being 20 years imprisonment. 

Over 350 Jan. 6 defendants have been charged with obstruction of an official proceeding relating to the interruption of the 2020 certification of the presidential election.

On Friday, the Supreme Court made their ruling following Jan. 6 defendant Joseph Fischer’s argument that the section in question had been improperly applied to the cases of those involved in the U.S. Capitol Building breach. 

Trump-appointed District Judge Dabney Langhorne Friedrich, who had handled Reffitt’s case, has reopened a number of the Jan. 6 cases following the recent ruling and had redirected their legal counsel to take similar action to the one that Reffitt’s had taken. The majority of the Jan. 6 defendants have faced other obstructions in connection to their involvement in the Capitol attack. 

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