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Preston Burton Quoted in Washington Post Article, “The First Inauguration Day Protest Trial Ended in Acquittals. But More Than 150 Defendants Await Their Day in Court”

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Preston Burton

Preston Burton was quoted on December 29, 2017 in a Washington Post article, “The First Inauguration Day Protest Trial Ended in Acquittals. But More Than 150 Defendants Await Their Day in Court,” which discussed the trial of six Inauguration Day protesters and the acquittals that followed. The article stated, “Last week, the first six people to go to trial in the case were acquitted by a jury on all the charges of rioting and destruction of property — an outcome that illustrates the challenge for D.C. prosecutors who are preparing for trials of more than 150 others picked up in the Jan. 20 mass arrest. The six acquitted defendants said they were lawfully exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, while a few others broke away to cause damage.”

Burton noted, “The message from this jury is they’re not going to convict people by a guilty-by-association basis. ”

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