Charges dismissed for more Trump inauguration protesters after prosecutors found to have withheld evidence

Charges dismissed for more Trump inauguration protesters after prosecutors found to have withheld evidence
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Ten individuals who were arrested while protesting President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE's inauguration had their felony charges dismissed by a Washington, D.C., judge on Thursday after the court found prosecutors had withheld evidence, according to the HuffPost.

D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin dropped the charges after discovering that the government had failed to turn over evidence it obtained from the right-wing media organization Project Veritas.

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Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia were charged with committing Brady violations by withholding undercover videos, the report said. A Brady violation occurs when prosecutors suppress evidence that is favorable to a defendant. 

Morin ruled that the charges should be dismissed with prejudice, blocking the government from future attempts to resurface the charges. 

"I do think it’s a serious violation,” Morin said. “Your office represented that was the only video turned over," referencing an undercover video of an inauguration protest planning meeting that was not disclosed in its entirety.

ThinkProgress reported Wednesday morning that the government had withheld 69 separate recordings of the meetings. 

More than 200 people were arrested while protesting during Trump's inauguration ceremonies. The charges ranged from conspiracy to engage in a riot to destruction of property.

In January, federal prosecutors dropped charges for more than 100 people arrested in those protests, saying that it would proceed with charges against just 59 defendants. 

HuffPost notes that it is unclear how this latest development will affect the four defendants who are currently on trial, or the many who still have charges pending.