6th Cir.: OK for a police officer to arrest a woman who loudly called him an "idiot," even if it was in retaliation for her political views.
6th Cir.: OK for police to arrest a woman who sent emails to his personal address after he asked her to send them to his work address.
6th Cir.: Emailing a public official at his personal address, after he asks you to email him only at work, is a crime. You can be arrested.
An Ohio mayor repeatedly asked the village police force to arrest a woman who kept emailing him at home.
The woman was a thorn in the side of village gov't. She presented evidence that helped put the police chief in jail.
6th Cir.: Public officials don't have to let people come into their homes to criticize them. So they can also forbid personal emails.
Anyway, read it for yourself: opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/1…

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NEW from @Reuters: Federal prosecutors have offered an ominous new assessment of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, saying they had "strong evidence" that "the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials."

Prosecutors alleged that the man who appeared shirtless wearing horns on the Senate dais during the siege participated "in an insurrection attempting to violently overthrow the United States government," its strongest language so far describing last week's unrest.
(Fixing a typo): The court filing in which prosecutors allege rioters planned to assassinate elected officials is here: courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…

Our story, with @SarahNLynch, is here: reuters.com/article/us-usa…
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The shirtless man with furs and a horned hat photographed on the Senate dais during the Capitol siege, Jacob Chansley, has been charged with unlawful entry. He told the FBI he came to D.C. "at the request of the President that all 'patriots' come to D.C." Image
Chansley confirmed to the FBI that this was him, according to the charging documents. Image
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These are the lowest-hanging fruit for criminal cases. Image
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It's stunning that the president is peddling this much misinformation even in private. He told Georgia election officials that he actually won the state by a half-million votes. He didn't. It's hard to describe how far removed from reality that fiction is.
One wonders whether anyone who has the president's ear also has the courage to tell him the truth: He lost.
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