(RightIsRight.co) – Signaling a possible reversal of leftwing rulings on the matter, the Supreme Court’s decision to review a key obstruction statute has already begun to influence the legal landscape for several defendants involved in the January 6th Capitol breach.
This critical examination by the nation’s highest court focuses on the interpretation of Section 1512(c)(2), which carries penalties including fines and imprisonment for anyone found guilty of obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding.
In light of this development, federal judges have paused the cases of Ethan Seitz and Ryan Zink pending the outcome of the Supreme Court’s review. Additionally, defendants Matt Bledsoe and Sandra Weyer have requested their release while the statute is under scrutiny.
The case under Supreme Court consideration was brought forward by Joseph Fischer, one of the numerous defendants charged under Section 1512(c)(2) for allegedly obstructing Congress’s certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
Fischer’s petition to the court highlights the broad implications of the statute’s interpretation, stating, “Hundreds of cases have been and will be affected by the scope of Section 1512(c)(2), including a case against the former President.” He explains that applying Section 1512(c)(2) to crimes beyond evidence impairment represents an unprecedented extension of the statute’s reach.
In October 2022, Judge Beryl Howell sentenced Bledsoe to 48 months in prison. In a recent filing, Bledsoe’s attorney argued that if the Supreme Court disagrees with the Department of Justice’s current interpretation of the obstruction statute, his sentence could be reduced to less time than he has already served.
Similarly, Weyer’s attorney filed a request for her release, noting that if the Supreme Court’s decision is favorable, it could result in a reduced sentence that might expire before her appeal concludes.
The attorney further differentiated Weyer’s case from Fischer’s, pointing out that, unlike Fischer, Weyer was not charged with violent or assaultive conduct. Instead, she allegedly spent about 11 minutes inside the Capitol building, looking for her brother and avoiding entry into the House or Senate chambers or congressional offices.