DOJ Tells Court It is Still Reviewing Potentially Exculpatory Evidence in Capitol Riot Cases

Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips told a federal court Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice is still processing massive amounts of potentially exculpatory evidence in the Capitol riot.

Phillips filed a motion to ask the court for a 60-day delay in the trial of Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin, who is being charged with “Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building” and “Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building,” though the government admits there is no evidence Griffin entered the U.S. Capitol itself, but rather spoke from a restricted area on the building’s exterior.

Griffin, who was detained for several days but released on his own recognizance in February, has demanded that the DOJ turn over all potentially exculpatory evidence, in accord with the doctrine laid down in Brady v. Maryland (1963).

The DOJ erroneously told the court that it would have all of the exculpatory evidence prepared by June, but told the court Monday that it had only begun transferring government data in June to outside analysts from Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP, which won the contract to organize all of the video and other data collected on the riot.- READ MORE