Officials seized Trump protesters’ cell phones, cracked their passwords, and are now attempting to use the contents to convict them of conspiracy to riot at the presidential inauguration.
Prosecutors have indicted over 200 people on felony riot charges for protests in Washington, D.C. on January 20 that broke windows and damaged vehicles. Some defendants face up to 75 years in prison, despite little evidence against them. But a new court filing reveals that investigators have been able to crack into at least eight defendants’ locked cell phones.
Now prosecutors want to use the internet history, communications, and pictures they extracted from the phones as evidence against the defendants in court.
Some of these protesters are facing up to 75 years in prison. This appears to be in violation of the first Amendment.