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Federal Appeals Court Finds DOJ Wrongly Lengthened Some J6 Defendants’ Sentences

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J6 Protest (File) By Katelynn Richardson, DCNF.

A federal appeals court found Friday that some Jan. 6 defendants’ sentences were wrongly lengthened when judges determined they interfered “with the administration of justice.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that defendants who interfered with Congress’ certification of the 2020 presidential election should face a sentencing enhancement intended for those who disrupt legal proceedings, but a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with defendant Larry Brock on Friday.

Brock was given a two-year prison sentence for interfering with an official proceeding.

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“We must apply the Guideline as written, and Brock’s interference with one stage of the electoral college vote-counting process— while no doubt endangering our democratic processes and temporarily derailing Congress’s constitutional work — did not interfere with the “administration of justice,” Judge Patricia Millett, an Obama appointee, wrote in the opinion.

The panel also included judges Cornelia Pillard, an Obama appointee, and Judith Rogers, a Clinton appointee.

The panel found that the “administration of justice” applies to “judicial, quasi-judicial, and adjunct investigative proceedings, but does not extend to the unique congressional function of certifying electoral college votes.” The enhancement can increase sentences by over a year, according to Politico.

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In April, the Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the scope of the obstruction statute, Section 1512(c)(2), used to charge hundreds of defendants, including Brock.

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