FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Congressional Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Attorney General William Barr suggested charging violent protestors with intent to overthrow the government. The charge, called sedition, is a felony and punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 

Prosecutors would have to prove there was a plot to bring imminent danger or an end to the current government, a serious charge. Police officials have said both far-left and far-right protestors have incited violence, but Barr has targeted the far-left movement Antifa in recent weeks, including his statement that he blamed them for violence.

Barr also reportedly asked prosecutors in the Justice Department’s civil rights division to look into charging Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle for allowing residents to establish a police-free protest zone this summer.

U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington Brian Moran denied the report that Barr asked federal prosecutors to explore whether they could bring criminal charges against Durkan. “As U.S. Attorney, I would be aware of such an investigation,” he said.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

‘Tyrannical and Un-American’: ACLU Rebukes Barr for Urging Sedition Charges Against Protesters – The Moderate Voice – 9/16/2020
Somil Trivedi, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, said in an email to Common Dreams. “This is a tyrannical and un-American attempt to suppress demands for racial justice and an end to police violence. Independent and ethical prosecutors should reject this administration’s authoritarian impulses.”

Yes, the DOJ Should Charge Violent Anti-American Radicals with Seditious Conspiracy – National Review – 9/17/2020
In a conference call last week, Attorney General Bill Barr urged federal prosecutors to be aggressive in filing charges against violent anti-American radicals who are rioting in various cities, attacking government buildings, and targeting law-enforcement officers. The AG reportedly recommended a range of offenses, including seditious conspiracy.

Barr Tells Prosecutors to Consider Charging Violent Protesters With Sedition – Wall Street Journal – 9/17/2020
Attorney General William Barr told the nation’s federal prosecutors to be aggressive when charging violent demonstrators with crimes, including potentially prosecuting them for plotting to overthrow the U.S. government, people familiar with the conversation said.

1960s Riots Foreshadow Today’s Communist Weaponization Of Black Pain – The Federalist – 9/14/2020
Most of the protestors were to the east and north of the White House, so staff directed us to exit out the west gate. A security guard offered to accompany me and my husband south to Constitution Avenue to meet our Uber driver, and we went safely home.

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