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Supreme Court upends scores of Jan. 6 Capitol riot prosecutions, Amy Betrays Again

"Looks like Amy Coney Barrett shifts to the left again, and maybe is a clown --she must be joking trying to use the Sarbanes-Oxley law to procecute many of the January 6 tourists just walking onto the grounds of the Capitol. The law was not written for protesters but corporate fraud," says Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.


In a move that could upend scores of Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot prosecutions, the Supreme Court on Friday narrowed the use of a charge of obstructing an official proceeding.

In a 6- 3 decision in which Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson joined the conservative majority and Justice Amy Coney Barrett sided with the liberal dissenters, the high court concluded that prosecutors need to hang closer to the statutory langue of the obstruction charge used in a slew of Jan. 6 prosecutions.

"The Government must establish that the defendant impaired the availability or integrity for use in an official proceeding of records, documents, objects, or as we earlier explained, other things used in the proceeding, or attempted to do so," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

At issue was a technical reading of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act which stipulates that anyone who "alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object's integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so" faces criminal liability.