Tuesday, Legal Icon Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax police “overcharged” those involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, while many municipalities dismissed, or gave misdemeanor charges to Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters during the summer.
“I think there has been overcharging. I have no doubt about that,” Dershowitz said while appearing on the Chris Salcedo show. “I know that people have been charged with felonies for merely trespassing and you can’t say that they obstructed Congress if they engaged in peaceful protests, even if it involves trespassing.”
Dershowitz said “This was a protest, partially an unlawful protest, breaking into the Capitol, taking over seats, maybe some violence, destruction of property, but also peaceful protesters. People who stood outside, people who went inside welcomed by the police.”
“I’m representing one young man who’s a law student who simply went inside at, he claims, the invitation of the police in order to encourage Senators to vote against accepting the count. That’s a legitimate form of constitutional protest. So, we have to distinguish the word insurrection. Is just a political word, and it’s a defamatory word. It doesn’t apply to people who supported the government, but just wanted the government to act in a certain way, the way that I personally disagree with, but that doesn’t make it into a crime,” he added.
Per Newsmax “While some 60 people involved in that event have pleaded guilty to charges, many that were involved in riots throughout the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin saw their charges dismissed even though they took part in setting fires, looting, and assaults.”