On July 6, the Justice Department dropped all charges against the 38 remaining protesters arrested during Trump’s inauguration (aka: J20 defendants).
After being handed repeated defeats in the courts, prosecutors threw in the towel. It’s a huge victory for the right to protest.
During the January 2017 inauguration, over 230 people were arrested in Washington, D.C. The J20 defendants were charged with felonies. If convicted, people could have served up to 60 years in prison. It was a scare tactic designed to intimidate. But it didn’t work. Solidarity among the defendants and spirited community support won the day.