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By Carver Malone | May 22, 2024

Surprising parallel

A federal judge handed down a five-year prison sentence, the maximum allowed by law, to Charles Littlejohn, an IRS contractor, for unauthorized disclosures of income tax records. 

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During the sentencing, the judge drew a surprising parallel between Littlejohn and the rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulting in the tragic deaths of five police officers.

Judge Ana Reyes

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Judge Ana Reyes went on to assert that Littlejohn posed a greater threat to democracy than the Capitol rioters she had previously sentenced. She justified her decision by claiming that the Capitol rioters had not intended to cause chaos when they arrived in D.C., thus avoiding prison time for them. In contrast, she viewed Littlejohn's meticulously planned nonviolent actions as a more significant danger to democracy, as they reflected a disturbing trend of individuals resorting to illegal means to advance their political goals.