By Ivan Villegas
WASHINGTON DC – It has been more than two years since the insurrection attacks on the U.S. Capitol, and according to an NPR report, “prosecutors have now charged more than 1,000 people in relation to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack.”
Specifically, 994 people have been charged at the federal level and 24 people have been charged in D.C. said NPR, noting about half of those have pleaded guilty and been sentenced; of those sentenced 58 percent have received prison time, with the prison sentence ranging from “seven days to 10 years.”
The NPR report added that “the judges collectively have actually given less prison time than what prosecutors have sought in around two thirds of the cases…defendants who haven’t received any prison time are often fined, and sentenced to a combination of probation, community service and home confinement, depending on the nature of the case.”
NPR has been following every case as they move through the legal system, and reports that both the scope and cost of the investigations have been massive.
“Every U.S. Attorney’s office has been involved, as well as every FBI field office,” adding federal district judges, appointed from both parties, reviewing most of these cases have brought up some commonality, including “the significance of Jan. 6, as an attempt to undermine democracy.”
Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee, said in one case “the defendant was an active participant in a mob assault on our core democratic values and our cherished institution.”
The judges, said NPR, have also been taking into account whether or not those charged have shown remorse for their actions, seemingly “because some of the judges do worry this could happen again.”
“It has to be made clear that trying to violently overthrow the government, trying to stop the peaceful transition of power and assaulting law enforcement officers in that effort is going to be met with absolutely certain punishment,” said Judge Tanya Chutkin, a Barack Obama appointee, according to NPR.
The NPR story noted, “The sprawling investigation has already doubled the FBI’s domestic terrorism caseload, yet the Justice Department has indicated that it believes around 2,000 people were involved in the attack…the department may not even be halfway through its investigation.”