To compare the actions of people around the country protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights, to a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government is a false equivalency and downplays the very real danger that the crowd on January 6 posed to our democracy. — DC District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan
To compare the actions of people around the country protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights, to a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government is a false equivalency and downplays the very real danger that the crowd on January 6 posed to our democracy. — DC District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan
Federal judge rejects comparisons between Capitol insurrection and racial justice unrest
"To compare the actions of people around the country protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights, to a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government is a false equivalency and downplays the very real danger that the crowd on January 6 posed to our democracy," DC District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan said.

Chutkan added that the rioters "soiled and defaced the halls of the Capitol and showed their contempt for the rule of law." She said: "The country is watching to see what the consequences are for something that has not ever happened in the country before."


Her comments came during a sentencing hearing for Matthew Mazzocco of Texas, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol building -- a typical plea deal that the Justice Department has offered to nonviolent rioters charged with a number of lower-level offenses.

... The Justice Department has argued the violent breach of the Capitol -- in which members of Congress and the vice president had to be evacuated for their safety, halting the vote confirming the presidential election -- was far worse than other riots, in both the scale of the attack on the federal building and its disruption of the congressional session.

... Chutkan, without directly commenting on the case McFadden handled, said that the riot was "no mere protest" and that defendants, including Mazzocco, were facing lenient treatment "despite his deliberate, premediated decision to come to the District and try to disrupt the peaceful transition of power."

"Mr. Mazzocco did not go to the United States Capitol out of any love for our country," Chutkan said. "He went for one man."
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