Seven months and 600+ people charged

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A man (center in black coat) identified by U.S. federal prosecutors as Shane Jason Woods of Auburn, Illinois is seen in a frame grab from video shot during the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, moments before climbing over a barricade and attacking members of the news media and destroying camera gear. Woods has been charged with assaulting both law enforcement officers and members of the media in an arrest and prosecution announced by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in Washington, U.S. on June 24, 2021. Frame grab from video captured on January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Staff

This week, we’re bringing on special guest Ryan J. Reilly, senior justice reporter at HuffPost, while Ken enjoys a deserved vacation. We’ve followed and referenced Ryan’s reporting on prosecutions related to the Capitol riot for the past seven months and it’s time to check in. First: what does it look like for hundreds of cases to move through one federal court district in D.C.? How is the system handling the volume? And is there any method to which cases have been charged so far? Ryan explains how the insurrection has impacted the work of the Department of Justice and the FBI, both in Washington D.C. and spread out across the country. With so many ideological defendants, it’s likely more of these cases will go to trial, further impacting the system.

Citizens have been sifting through the mounds of publicly available photos and videos from the riots and sending tips to federal investigators. Ryan talks about who these “sedition hunters” are, why they’re getting involved, and why sometimes they’re a few steps ahead of investigators. Is their help welcome? How likely are they to potentially misidentify a suspect? Is facial recognition software taking the weight off of beleaguered prosecutors?




Josh Barro


Sara Fay

Production assistance: Nisha Venkat