Misdemeanor plea bargains may seem too lenient in a few cases, but it appears that the government is going to insist on guilty pleas to felony charges in some cases.
Carissa Byrne Hessick is the Ransdell Distinguished Professor of Law and the director of the Prosecutors and Politics Project at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She writes and teaches about criminal law, criminal statutes and the structure of the criminal justice system.
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Though the facts of precisely what happened at the Capitol are still coming to light, it seems likely that prosecutors could file felony murder charges against at least some of the rioters.