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Supreme Court to Weigh in on Jan. 6 Obstruction Charge, Raising Stakes for Trump Trial

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In a pivotal move with potential implications for former President Donald Trump’s legal battle, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a case involving three Jan. 6 riot defendants disputing an obstruction charge related to the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

The lower court’s decision to revive the obstruction charge against Garret Miller, Joseph Fischer, and Edward Jacob Lang prompted the Supreme Court’s intervention. The charge pertains to obstructing an official proceeding, specifically Congress’ certification of Biden’s electoral win over Trump.

Special Counsel Jack Smith has also leveled an obstruction charge against Trump, who faces a trial with proceedings set to commence on March 4. The Supreme Court’s decision to take on this case raises the prospect of influencing the start date of Trump’s trial, adding a layer of complexity to an already contentious legal landscape.

According to reports from Fox News, over 300 individuals face charges related to obstructing an official proceeding in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The case under consideration involves a lower court judge’s dismissal of the obstruction charge against Miller, Fischer, and Lang. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols argued that the prosecutors’ application of the law exceeded its intended scope and was inappropriate in these instances, emphasizing the need for a defendant to have taken specific actions regarding a document or record to warrant an obstruction charge.

Biden’s Department of Justice challenged Nichols’ ruling, finding support in the appeals court in Washington, D.C., which sided with the prosecutors. The Supreme Court’s involvement amplifies the legal scrutiny on the use of the obstruction charge, with Trump and other defendants separately contesting its applicability.

Amid ongoing legal battles, the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot continues, with over 1,200 people facing federal charges, and more than 650 defendants entering guilty pleas. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in this pivotal case in the coming months, with a ruling expected by the summer, casting a shadow over the trajectory of Trump’s legal challenges.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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