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Impeachment isn’t the final word on Capitol riot for Trump

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 14, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could be the courts. Now a private citizen, Trump is stripped of his protection from legal liability that the presidency gave him. That change in status is something that even Republicans who voted on Saturday to acquit of inciting the Jan. 6 attack are stressing as they urge Americans to move on from impeachment. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. He insisted that the courts were a more appropriate venue to hold Trump accountable than a Senate trial. “He didn’t get away with anything yet,” McConnell said. “Yet.” The insurrection at the Capitol, in which five people died, is just one of the legal cases shadowing Trump in the months after he was voted out of office. He also faces legal exposure in Georgia over an alleged pressure campaign on state election officials, and in Manhattan over hush-money payments and business deals. But Trump’s culpability under the law for inciting the riot is by no means clear-cut. The standard is high under court decisions reaching back 50 years. Trump could also be sued by victims, though he has some constitutional protections, including if he acted while carrying out the duties of president. Those cases would come down to his intent. Legal scholars say a proper criminal investigation takes time, and there are at least five years on the statute of limitations to bring a federal case. New evidence is emerging every day. “They’re way too early in their investigation to know,” said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and former federal prosecutor. “The have arrested 200 people, they’re pursuing hundreds more, all of those people could be potential witnesses because some have said ‘Trump made me do it’.” What’s not known, she said, is what Trump was doing during the time of the riot, and that could be the key. Impeachment didn’t produce many answers. But federal investigators in a criminal inquiry have much more power to compel evidence through grand jury subpoenas. “It’s not an easy case, but that’s only because what we know now, and that can change,” Levenson said. The legal issue is whether Trump or any of the speakers at the rally near the White House that preceded the assault on the Capitol incited violence and whether they knew their words would have that effect. That’s the standard the Supreme Court laid out in its 1969 decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio, which overturned the conviction of a Ku Klux Klan leader. Trump urged the crowd on Jan. 6 to march on the Capitol, where Congress was meeting to affirm Joe Biden’s presidential election, Trump even promised to go with his supporters, though he didn’t in the end. “You’ll never take our country back with weakness,” Trump said. He also had spent weeks spinning up supporters over his increasingly combative language and false election claims urging them to “stop the steal.” Trump’s impeachment lawyers said he didn’t do anything illegal. Trump, in a statement after the acquittal, did not admit to any wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors have said they are looking at all angles of the assault on the Capitol and whether the violence had been incited. The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, has said that district prosecutors are considering whether to charge Trump under local law that criminalizes statements that motivate people to violence. “Let it be known that the office of attorney general has a potential charge that it may utilize,” Racine told MSNBC last month. The charge would be a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Trump’s top White House lawyer repeatedly warned Trump on Jan. 6 that he could be held liable. That message was delivered in part to prompt Trump to condemn the violence that was carried out in his name and acknowledge that he would leave office Jan. 20, when Biden was inaugurated. He did depart the White House that day. Since then, many of those charged in the riots say they were acting directly on Trump’s orders. Some offered to testify. A phone call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy emerged during the impeachment trial in which McCarthy, as rioters stormed the Capitol, begged Trump to call off the mob. Trump replied: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” The McCarthy call is significant because it could point to Trump’s intent, state of mind and knowledge of the rioters’ actions. Court cases that try to prove incitement often bump up against the First Amendment. In recent years, federal judges have taken a hard line against the anti-riot law. The federal appeals court in Virginia narrowed the Anti-Riot Act, with a maximum prison term of five years, because it swept up constitutionally protected speech. The court found invalid parts of the law that encompassed speech tending to “encourage” or “promote” a riot, as well as speech “urging” others to riot or involving mere advocacy of violence. The same court upheld the convictions of two members of a white supremacist group who admitted they punched and kicked counter-demonstrators during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s possible federal prosecutors will decide not to bring charges, and if Trump were indicted in one of the many other separate investigations, federal prosecutors could decide justice would be done elsewhere. Atlanta prosecutors have recently opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s attempts to overturn his election loss in Georgia, including a Jan. 2 phone call in which he urged that state’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s narrow victory. And Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., is in the midst of an 18-month criminal grand jury investigation focusing in part on hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf, and whether Trump or his businesses manipulated the value of assets — inflating them in some cases and minimizing them in others — to gain favorable loan terms and tax benefits. GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who voted to acquit along with McConnell and 41 other Republicans, argued that because Trump is no longer in office, impeachment is not the right way to hold him to account. “The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked and due process is constitutionally mandated. No president is above the law or immune from criminal prosecution, and that includes former President Trump.” ——— Associated Press writers Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak in New York and Mark Sherman contributed to this report. ——— Follow Colleen Long on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ctlong1center_img TAGS  Facebook Previous articleBiden White House seeks to turn page on TrumpNext articleGARDENING: Spring garden prep should begin soon Digital AIM Web Support Impeachment isn’t the final word on Capitol riot for Trump Local NewsUS News Facebooklast_img read more

Jamaica’s ODayne Richards secures first medal in NACAC championships

first_imgRecent CAC Games champion Odayne Richards opened Jamaica’s medal count at the 3-day NACAC Senior Track and Field Championships in Toronto, Canada, having secured the bronze medal in the men’s shot put final on Friday’s opening day.Richards had a best throw of 20.89 meters to finish just ahead of compatriot Ashinia Miller who threw 20.85 meters for fourth. American Darrel Hill took gold with 21.68 meters.Meanwhile, St. Lucia’s Levern Spencer won gold in the final of the women’s high jump on Friday.Spencer cleared 1.91m, a championship record, to win her country’s first medal at the championships.Elizabeth Patterson of the United States won the silver with her clearance of 1.88m. Her compatriot Loretta Blaut (1.82m) won the bronze.Spencer is celebrating her second high-jump gold medal in a week as she won the event at the 2018 CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.She also won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.last_img read more

Max Muncy, who started season in minors, helps power Dodgers past Rockies

first_img“Definitely not,” Muncy said if he expected to be in this position. “Maybe Buehler. But I didn’t figure I’d be standing here. The whole experience has been incredible.”And wholly unpredictable.When the Dodgers reported to Camelback Ranch for the opening of spring training in February, the narrative surrounding the defending National League champions was how little they had changed during the offseason – no big free-agent signings, only one trade that wasn’t a salary dump. The two-year deal given to clubhouse leader emeritus Chase Utley was the only multi-year deal negotiated by the Dodgers’ front office last winter.Then Matt Kemp played like an All-Star. Max Muncy started hitting home runs and never really stopped. Manny Machado was acquired in the boldest trade-deadline move this season. And Buehler grew into his potential faster than the Dodgers could have hoped.“One thing I learned years ago is not to act like you know how a season is going to unfold,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said after Monday’s 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. “It’s about having as many good options as you can have and then sitting back and watching how things materialize. This year is a great example of that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is familiar with the value of unexpected contributions.“Max has been unbelievable,” he said. “Every year it takes a couple guys you didn’t really count on to have big years and Max is that guy. Last year it was Chris Taylor. To envision 35 home runs from a guy that was a non-roster invitation, I didn’t foresee it. He just wanted an opportunity and, fortunately for us, we gave it to him and he came through.” LOS ANGELES — Do you remember Opening Day of the Pacific Coast League season? Max Muncy does.“Yeah, it was about 10 degrees in Iowa,” Muncy recalled, exaggerating slightly.Also notable, Muncy hit a home run and right-hander Walker Buehler pitched for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.Nearly six months later, Buehler was pitching again and Muncy hit another home run – his team-leading 35th for the Dodgers – only now it was in the 163rd game of the big-league season. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img PITCHING PLANSMonday’s win saved the Dodgers from facing quite a dilemma. They would have had to choose between right-hander Ross Stripling, who has struggled since returning from the DL, and a bullpen game (perhaps featuring Alex Wood as an ‘opener’) to start a do-or-die wild-card game on Tuesday.“The pitching is set up,” Roberts said after Monday’s win. “That’s all we talked about. It wasn’t an elimination game (against the Rockies), but for us to kind of prepare for the Division Series we felt it was a must-win.”The Dodgers will now be able to send Clayton Kershaw to the mound for Game 1 on regular rest Thursday with Hyun-Jin Ryu lined up for Game 2 on extra rest. In nine starts at Dodger Stadium this year, Ryu has a 1.15 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP, holding batters to a .212 average. He hasn’t allowed a run at Dodger Stadium in his past 14 innings.“That’s probably the way it looks, yeah,” Roberts said of the rotation.Buehler would line up to pitch Game 3 in Atlanta on Sunday on five days’ rest with veteran left-hander Rich Hill in Game 4.FAN FAVORITESThanks to the 82nd home date on Monday, the Dodgers were able to set a new franchise record for attendance this season. The one-game playoff with the Rockies drew 47,816, pushing the season total to 3,857,500 – a few hundred more than the previous record set in 2007 and the sixth-largest season total in National League history.“It has been remarkable since the day we got here,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “They have been supportive for 60 years. To think this year was the greatest attendance they’ve ever had is really extraordinary. And that really enables us to do everything that we do.”Tickets did not go on sale until about 22 hours before Monday’s first pitch and there were large swaths of empty seats when the game started as fans fought through traffic to get to the stadium for the afternoon start.“You drive in L.A., it’s going to take you a while – but it’s worth it when you get here,” Kasten said. “That’s what I’ve learned about living in L.A. – it takes a long time to get there but when you do, it’s really worth it.”UP NEXTBraves (RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 13-10, 2.85 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 9-5, 2.73 ERA), Thursday, TBD, Fox Sports 1Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more