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Judge Deals Blows to Feds Trying to Selectively Prosecute Right Wingers While Letting Antifa Go Free

In California, a judge dismissed charges against two individuals involved in political unrest, citing the government’s alleged bias in prosecuting right-wing rioters while overlooking the actions of far-left agitators who were engaged in similar behavior.

Robert Rundo and Robert Boman participated in a pro-Donald Trump rally in Berkeley on April 15, 2017, representing Rise Against Movement (RAM), a group known for its far-right, white nationalist views and involvement in clashes with left-wing groups such as Antifa.

One of the groups was By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), known for disrupting right-wing events and instigating conflicts.

Following the submission of an urgent appeal by prosecutors, the Ninth Circuit promptly apprehended one of the individuals involved the following day.

Judge Carney raised concerns about the selective prosecution of individuals involved in the event, pointing out that both right-wing and left-wing participants engaged in similar or more severe behavior, as evidenced by the prosecutors’ own findings.

“No individuals associated with the left, who engaged in anti-far-right speech and violently suppressed the protected speech of Trump supporters, were charged with a federal crime for their part in starting riots at political events. That is textbook viewpoint discrimination. Most telling in this case is the government’s silence as to why it never pursued a case against a single member of Antifa or related far-left groups with respect to their violent conduct at pro-Trump events.” the judge wrote.

The judge’s ruling contained images of Antifa participating in violent acts during the same demonstration that led to the defendants’ charges.

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