On June 22 an angry mob attempted to destroy the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House. Park Police moved in and dispersed the crowd, but not before significant damage was done to the monument.
The police and the FBI immediately began searching for the worst of the rioters. President Trump himself tweeted a wanted poster of 15 of the suspects on Friday.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
Earlier this evening Breaking 911 reported that the feds had arrested and charged four of the rioters.
BREAKING: Feds Charge 4 Men For Attempting to Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue Near The White House pic.twitter.com/onZa8gFSXm
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 28, 2020
These four rioters are facing some serious jail time. Destruction of federal property with damage of over $100 is a serious offense with a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison. President Trump signed an executive order on Friday mandating that anyone defacing or destroying federal property be charged with the maximum penalty possible.
The one saving grace these rioters might have is the fact that Judge Meriweather was an Obama appointee (one of the last) who once clerked for Merrick Garland. Legal shenanigans on the judge’s part will be hard to pull off, however, if the evidence is as damning as the prosecution alleges.
I’m not even sure of how much Judge Meriweather will actually be involved in the trial as she’s a magistrate judge and the rioters will likely be charged with felonies. Magistrate judges are not typically involved in felony cases from my understanding. I’m sure an astute reader will correct me if I’m wrong.
It’s nice to see the wheels of justice moving.