90 Miles From Tyranny : After a Pause, Jan. 6 Arrests Are Now Sharply Increasing

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

After a Pause, Jan. 6 Arrests Are Now Sharply Increasing

The FBI is making arrests and the DOJ is filing charges at the quickest pace in three years, pushing the expected total up to 2,150 arrests by 2026.

The pace of FBI arrests and the opening of new Jan. 6 criminal cases quickened so much in late 2023 and early 2024 that District of Columbia federal courts could bend under the weight.

In the past two months, 93 people have been arrested and charged, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) reports.

At the current rate, some 445 new cases could hit the docket in 2024—more than in 2022 and 2023, according to one estimate.

In total, up to March 6, at least 1,358 people have been arrested by the FBI and criminally charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for crimes related to Jan. 6.

If the current trend is to hold, total arrests could be 2,150 by the time the statute of limitations on Jan. 6 crimes expires in early 2026, according to Jacob Rugh, associate professor of sociology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Mr. Rugh and researcher Isabella Felin have been publishing Jan. 6 statistics and data visualization
on X and Instagram since August 2022.

William Shipley, a former federal prosecutor who has represented more than 50 Jan. 6 defendants, said he noticed an upswing in cases starting in September 2023.
“Within the past two months, three months, it seems like you’re seeing six, eight, 10 a week,” Mr. Shipley said on Feb. 23 during an Epoch Times panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

“Every day, every day you see two or three more,” Mr. Shipley said. “My own view: it’s a political operation. Just my personal opinion. I think the Department of Justice, the Biden administration, is committed to continuing to keep this story front and center for purposes of the campaign.”

Mr. Shipley said there was a six- to eight-month pause in arrests and prosecutions starting in early 2023 due to the strain Jan. 6 cases put on D.C. federal courts.

“You’ve got a five-year statute of limitations, you don’t need to arrest everybody and prosecute them in the first 18 months, and there was a pause,” Mr. Shipley said. “There was a clear period of time where there weren’t arrests of any significant number happening.”

The top arrest states include Florida (129), Texas (104), Pennsylvania (93), California (90), New York (80), Ohio (71), and Virginia (67). Together they comprise nearly 50 percent of all Jan. 6 defendants, according to research by Mr. Rugh.

About 63 percent of Jan. 6 criminal cases have been adjudicated and defendants sentenced, according to DOJ figures. About 58 percent of defendants were given jail or prison time, 19 percent received home detention, and another 3.5 percent received a combination.

Of the 769 defendants who pleaded guilty to charges, 69 percent were for...

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MMinWA said...

is this america

oldvet1950 said...

The people are being arrested for being there, not necessarily for any criminal act. You will NOT protest against the government or this could happen to you!

Old Tech said...

Perhaps if we are in a Political War, then targeting FBI Agents and their families would be fair. Nothing personal as you say, just protecting those on my side of the Congressional floor.

SiGraybeard said...

They said they were going to do this - increase arrests and charges of people who were just in DC, not known to have been in any of the buildings. Not known to have broken windows or anything. Just for intimidation. The process is the punishment.