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The attempt by federal prosecutors to get vengeance on VIOLENT LEFTIST PROTESTERS who ruined Donald Trump's inauguration faces yet another sad setback. The DC police rounded up hundreds of protesters on inauguration day 2017, and prosecutors claimed they were all very definitely part of what was actually a small group of anarchist folks who broke windows, burned a limo, and probably herded at least a million spectators from Donald Trump's coronation just to keep him from having a bigger turnout than Obama did. As the Daily Beast reports, prosecutors may now be losing another key part of their already dubious case.

The prosecutions were pretty flimsy from the get-go, with a mass indictment against 200 people relying on "evidence" like demonstrators wearing black or chanting slogans deemed "anti-capitalist":

So far, the case hasn’t held up in court. The first six defendants were tried in December and cleared of all charges. Shortly thereafter, prosecutors dropped the charges against 129 more defendants. But dozens remain charged.

Ah, but there was an ace in the hole for the cases against the dozens of protesters still facing charges. The prosecutors had one of James O'Keefe's crappy undercover "sting" videos from "Project Veritas" (Latin for "Truly Not Harvard"), which showed PROOF of some leftist protest leaders conspiring to do mayhem, like putting stinky barf-smelly butyric acid into the ventilation system of the "DeploraBall" gathering for far-right Trump supporters, or maybe even throwing the stuff on attendees themselves. So obviously, anyone who marched with that group, which called itself "J20," had to be part of the conspiracy.

Bit of a problem there: During the discovery phase of the case, the prosecutors were supposed to share all their evidence to the defense attorneys, and under what's known as the Brady rule had to let the defense know of any exculpatory evidence. With the Project Verdigris videos, the prosecution claimed, wrongly, that the only edits to the videos were to remove the faces of the O'Keefe "reporter" and of an undercover cop who was also at the meeting. Not quite!

At least one potentially exculpatory section had been completely edited from the video. In the removed clip, a Project Veritas agent undercut part of the prosecution’s argument.

“I was talking with one of the organizers from the IWW [Industrial Workers of the World] and I don’t think they know anything about any of the upper echelon stuff,” the Project Veritas employee said in the removed clip.

The line is critical because prosecutors have eyed the IWW, a leftist union, as an instigator for the protest, Shadowproof previously reported. A number of the remaining defendants are IWW members, and IWW records were seized from defendants’ cell phones and entered as evidence in the case.

Oopsies. A Project Vore Porn "reporter" openly saying the people they'd talked to had no knowledge of a conspiracy definitely seems to undercut the conspiracy charges, just maybe. This is nonetheless something of a landmark in the long career of James O'Keefe's lies: For once, it looks like someone else deceptively edited one of his videos.

As the Intercept first reported, sharp-eyed defense attorneys noted the footage used by the prosecution differed from what was already on Project Venality's website, and cried foul, which will happen if you're a shitty prosecutor doing shitty things, and filed a Don't Piss On My Boots And Say It's Raining brief with the court Tuesday.

“The government has abused its power by hiding discovery from all defendants,” attorneys for the defendants wrote in a motion, “purposefully choosing not to disclose Brady information, and calling into question the integrity of all of its third-party video evidence and proffers in open court.”

That filing went to Robert Morin, Chief Judge of the DC Superior Court. (Morin oversees motions in the case, but is not directly presiding.) Morin ruled that prosecutors had violated the Brady rule by repeatedly hiding the video’s edits from defendants.

Not only does that ruling mean the prosecution can be sanctioned -- with some as-yet undetermined action, like maybe being grounded for a week without the surveillance van -- Morin also gave a serious tongue-lashing to an assistant US attorney who had tried to claim the prosecution didn't do anything wrong, honest:

“Do you want me to rule on the sanction right now?” Morin asked the assistant attorney, according to Unicorn Riot.

Morin also raised the possibility of subpoenaing Project Veritas on the matter. The conservative group said they’d show up in court, if ordered.

Stephen Gordon, a spokesperson for Project Does My Ass Look Verifat, told the Daily Beast that any problems with how the prosecution might be using his group's oeuvre were "obviously beyond our purview," but that Project Furrytoes would of course continue to cooperate with "any lawful order we receive from the court."

Of course, as one of the defendants, Elizabeth Lagesse, pointed out, the prosecution has already shown the Project Vanitas vid to the jury for one group of defendants.

So now what do they do? Do they try to cure that by telling the jury to ignore something they spent half a day watching and hearing about from a witness?

Defense attorneys are considering a motion for a mistrial. Failing that, how about a truth-in-labeling lawsuit barring O'Keefe from ever calling what he does "journalism" again.

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How do you do, fellow libs? We come together tonight to cheer and clap and cry and laugh, with our leader, Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow nice people Jay Inslee (the gold standard in climate action), Beto O'Rourke (excellent on being a good ally mostly), Cory Booker (best corny love hippie but also Wall Street, it's weird), Julian Castro (I don't know, people are super into him despite his creepy twinness and his too much pomade), Amy Klobuchar (bad bitch), Bill de Blasio ( ... ), John Delaney (???), and Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard.

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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