Judge refuses to dismiss indictment against alleged Proud Boys leaders

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“A federal judge refused to dismiss an indictment charging four alleged leaders of the far-right Proud Boys with conspiring to attack the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly on Tuesday rejected defense attorneys’ arguments that the four men — Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Charles Donohoe — are charged with conduct that is protected by the First Amendment right to free speech. … Defense lawyers also argued that the obstruction charge doesn’t apply to their clients’ cases because Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote was not an ‘official proceeding.’ Kelly disagreed.” (12/29/21)

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/29/1068703011/judge-refuses-to-dismiss-indictment-against-alleged-proud-boys-leaders