The Capitol Police released a statement Monday saying that the nine staff members from Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show arrested last month will not be prosecuted.
On June 16, nine of Colbert’s staffers were trying to tape segments of the Jan. 6 committee’s hearing. The U.S. Capitol Police repeatedly told the staffers they needed a staff escort inside the buildings and press passes, according to The Washington Times.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, they do not believe they would be able to secure convictions and were therefore not going to prosecute the nine.
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The justice system seems a bit two tiered here, as “unlawful entry” is the formal charge given to January 6 defendants who have been jailed and prosecuted for the same allegation.
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— @LeoKrayola (@LeoKrayola) July 18, 2022
As the decision to handle the unlawful entry in such a vastly different way was announced by the US Attorneys’ office, anger and cynicism are sweeping across social media.
DC prosecutors dropped all charges of “unlawful entry” against Steve Colberts staff for unlawfully entering the Capitol on June 21!
While J6 prisoners have been jailed for the same “crime,” for 16 months!
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) July 18, 2022
Stephen Colberts production team arrested inside
Capitol, they were given access to Capitol by Adam Schiffs staff, Spent night in jail. Tell me Adam about Jan 6😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Phyllis (@Phyllis94584953) June 18, 2022