Judge dismisses lead rioting charge against defendants in Inauguration Day protest trial – The Washington Post

By Keith L. Alexander

The D.C. Superior Court judge overseeing the trial of six people charged in Inauguration Day protests that turned violent has dismissed one of the most serious charges of inciting a riot.

After hearing the cases presented by prosecutors and defense attorneys during the past three weeks, Judge Lynn Leibovitz on Wednesday said there was not enough evidence against the four women and two men to prove they urged others to riot and destroy property along 16 downtown Washington blocks.

“None of them engaged in conduct that amounted to urging other persons to destroy property,” the judge said.

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