Trump inauguration protester acquitted on riot charges

Trump inauguration protester acquitted on riot charges
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A Washington, D.C., jury on Monday acquitted a protester accused of conspiring to riot on President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's Inauguration Day. 

Casey Webber was found not guilty of all six charges he faced, according to The Washington Post. The jury is still reviewing charges against Webber's three co-defendants.  


Webber’s attorney, April Downs, told the newspaper that verdict was “only fair” and there was "no evidence to support these charges against him.”

Webber and his co-defendants' trial is the second one connected to the protests that took place during Trump's inauguration in January 2017. More than 200 people were arrested that day, on charges ranging from conspiracy to engage in a riot to destruction of property.

The first trial concluded with all six co-defendants receiving verdicts of not guilty. The Post reports that the not guilty verdicts came after the jury found no evidence that they were connected to the vandalism. 

Dozens of charges have been dropped since the arrests were made. On May 31, felony charges were dismissed for 10 people after the court discovered that the prosecution had withheld evidence. And in January, prosecutors dropped charges against more than 100 people, stating that they had proceeded with cases against 59 defendants. 

Attorneys for the co-defendants who are still on trial are arguing that the prosecutors' evidence, which includes police body cameras and images, is not clearly recognizable.

They maintain that videos of protestors shattering glass are not their clients, according to the Post.