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The Epoch Times: Supreme Court Rules for Jan. 6 Defendant Who Challenged Obstruction Charge

This article was written by Matthew Vadum and published in The Epoch Times.

The Supreme Court ruled 6–3 on June 28 in favor of Jan. 6 defendant Joseph Fischer, a former police officer charged under an accounting law after he briefly entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The new ruling is expected to make it more difficult for the federal government to prosecute those charged in connection with the Capitol security breach that occurred as Congress was attempting to finalize the 2020 presidential election results.

The majority opinion in the case, Fischer v. United States, was written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Concurring in the judgment were Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Justice Jackson wrote a separate concurring opinion.

Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented.

The court performed “textual backflips to find some way–any way—to narrow the reach” of the federal statute under which Mr. Fischer was charged, Justice Barrett wrote in her dissenting opinion.

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