Letter: A legal case against all of the Jan. 6 rioters

Published: 1/21/2021 12:02:34 AM

I invite elucidation, because I acknowledge I may be misinformed.

In the endless discussion (including in the Monitor) about the Jan. 6 riot in D.C., I have not heard the following legal point explored: If three guys rob a convenience store, and one of them pulls a gun and kills the poor clerk, all three are charged with murder. Legally, it does not matter who pulled the trigger.

On Jan. 6, a crime was committed by hundreds of domestic terrorists, and several people ended up dead. Why, then, are not all of these criminals charged with murder. Charges like trespassing and disorderly conduct are being brought, and rioters are being released on their own recognizance.

Does this legal concept not apply?

MIKE BRADLEY

Hillsborough




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