SCOTUS will hear a January 6 case today

April 16 – The United States Supreme Court will hear a case today to discuss whether a federal obstruction law can legally be used against rioters from the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. 

The law is a provision to a federal criminal statute that criminalizes anyone who “otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding.” 

The defendant involved in the case SCOTUS will hear was a former police officer from Pennsylvania who is in jail for his involvement on January 6. 

The decision by the Supreme Court could have further implications for a lot of people. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “What this hinges on is how prosecutors are interpreting the law to define when rioters have violated law or rules in this case. This person was there very briefly. There’s a very fine legal question, does that constitute sufficient evidence to say that this was a violation of the law, substantial enough to convict him? The fact the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this is interesting because obviously whatever they decide could affect hundreds of other defendants, for better or worse depending on what the Supreme Court decides on this.”

Interestingly, the Supreme Court was in session yesterday and hearing arguments, but Justice Clarence Thomas was absent. 

Barkdoll said, “It’s very rare for a Justice just to not show up. The Supreme Court gave no statements or information about where he was, and to explain his absence. So it’ll be interesting to see if he shows up today? If he is absent again today, I think you’re going to see some real pressure on the Court, where is this guy?”