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Prosecutors drop remaining Trump inauguration protester cases

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Federal prosecutors on Friday moved to drop the remaining cases against people arrested in Washington while protesting during President Trump’s inauguration.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. requested that the 38 cases in D.C. Superior Court be dismissed after failing to get any convictions in trial.

{mosads}“In light of the results in the cases brought to trial, however, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has now moved to dismiss charges against the 38 remaining defendants in this matter,” the office said in a statement. 

Twenty-one people have pleaded guilty to charges for protesting that day according to federal prosecutors, including one person who pleaded guilty to felony charges.

More than 200 people were arrested during the Inauguration Day protests, with charges ranging from conspiracy to engage in a riot to destruction of property.

A judge dismissed felony charges for 10 protesters in May after finding that prosecutors had withheld evidence favorable to the defendants.

Federal prosecutors had also dropped charges in January for more than 100 of the arrested protesters.

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