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The ‘Late Show’ crew arrested on Capitol Hill was not charged

The 'Late Show' crew apprehended on Capitol Hill was not charged.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nine people affiliated to CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” who were arrested in a facility on a U.S. military base, according to federal prosecutors
  • The names of those arrested have not been made public by Capitol Police, but The Associated Press was given a list of nine people that Capitol Police had stopped.

According to federal prosecutors, nine individuals connected to CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” who were detained in a facility on the bases of the U.S. Capitol complex last month will not face charges.

After prosecutors concluded they “cannot proceed forward” with the misdemeanor charges against the nine people detained on June 16 throughout the Longworth House Office Building, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington made the decision. The incident happened after the third open hearing by the House panel looking into the Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021.

Given that the nine people arrested had been invited and their escorts had never requested that they leave the building, a U.S. attorney’s office representative stated that it was unlikely that a conviction could be achieved and upheld.

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Capitol Police have not released the names of those detained, but a source close to the situation gave The Associated Press a list of nine persons who Capitol Police had stopped. They included numerous producers as well as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s voice actor, comedian, and author Robert Smigel.

On Monday, officials from the Capitol Police stated that they respect the judgment rendered by the U.S. attorney’s office.

The party was detained on suspicion of breaking, according to the police, “because members of the group had been instructed multiple times before they joined the Congressional buildings that they maintained to stay with a staff escort inside the facilities, and they failed to do so.”

The 'Late Show' crew detained on Capitol Hill was not charged.
The ‘Late Show’ crew detained on Capitol Hill was not charged. Image from UA Today

According to the prosecution, the group had been invited by congressional workers, who had never asked them to leave. As per the U.S. attorney’s office, some of the nine individuals in the group had been informed by police that they were required to have an escort.

According to Bill Miller, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, “The Office must be required to confirm beyond a reasonable doubt that those guests were guilty of the felony of the unlawful entrance since their escort opted to leave them unsupervised.” “We don’t think it’s likely that the Office would be able to get and sustain convictions on these allegations,” the statement reads.

Source: CTV News

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