[ Editor’s Note: I had been concerned that the continuing discovery of ‘witness footage’ would turn the discovery process and evidence sharing into a hugely complex task that would build more pressure on the government to settle cases.
But we now have signs that the judges may say ‘to hell with administrative efficiency’. We are beginning to see a hardening of the judges, with some of the refusals of bail requests, based on the judges using defendant material before and after the insurrection to decide that they represent a “continuing threat to the public”.
This is good news in case Trump tries to pull more riots, possibly when he gets indicted, where the Trumper army will be on notice that claims of free speech during attacks on the government will not fly.
Of course the flip side of this is during Trump’s 2024 campaign don’t be surprised to see him promise to pardon all those from the insurrection riots if he can get elected. He has committed to run, apparently viewing it being his best chance at surviving the legal case onslaught heading his way.
If the Trump Org does go down with his banks calling in their loans, he might only have his campaign grift to fund his legal defense.
While the talk now has been on Weisselberg flipping on Trump, don’t forget that Rudy is in that boat, too. Losing his law licenses could kill his work income, and he will be a toxic entity trying to reinvent himself.
That said, Fox News and OAN could keep a seat warm for him after he gets out of prison by refusing to flip on Trump… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … July 09, 2021
The Justice Department has agreed to pay $6.1 million to a technology contractor to create a massive database of videos, photographs, documents and social media posts related to the Capitol riot as part of the process of turning relevant evidence over to defense attorneys for the more than 500 people facing criminal charges in the Jan. 6 events, according to a court filing and government records.
…Prosecutors are trying to organize thousands of hours of body-worn camera footage, closed-circuit surveillance camera footage, more than a million social media videos, data from phones and email accounts, and the responses to more than 6,000 grand jury subpoenas, according to a court filing Thursday.
“Following the Capitol Breach, the United States recognized that due to the nature and volume of materials being collected, the government would require the use of an outside contractor who could provide litigation technology support services to include highly technical and specialized data and document processing and review capabilities,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadia Moore and William Dreher wrote in their submission.
“The government is working to provide an unprecedented amount of materials in the most comprehensive and usable format to defense counsel,” Moore and Dreher said.