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Paul Hodgkins, 38, of Tampa pleaded guilty on Wednesday to obstruction of an official proceeding for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Hodgkins is the second defendant to plead guilty in the Justice Department's sweeping criminal investigation of the Capitol insurrection, which has resulted in charges against more than 500 people thus far, according to Insider.

  • As part of the plea deal, the remaining misdemeanors Hodgkins was charged with will be dropped.
  • Hodgkins faces a recommended sentence of 15–21 months in prison, per the Washington Post. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 19.

The big picture: Federal prosecutors have described the Capitol riot probe as "likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice." Some Republicans cited the existence of the DOJ investigation as a rationale for voting against a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission.

  • Jon Schaffer, a guitarist for the metal band Iced Earth, pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding on April 16, per BuzzFeed.
  • Prosecutors have started offering plea deals to other rioters as well, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Sep 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Capitol Police Chief to brief congressional leaders on pro-Jan. 6 rally

U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

U.S. Capitol Police chief Tom Manger on Monday will brief congressional leadership about security preparations ahead of a Sept. 18 rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, two sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios.

Why it matters: The "Justice for J6" rally, which is being organized by a former Trump campaign staffer, has raised fresh security concerns over the potential for violence on Capitol Hill.

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court: Not guilty verdicts must be unanimous

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Puerto Rico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that not guilty verdicts in criminal cases must be unanimous, AP reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. territory has allowed a minimum of nine out of 12 jurors for not guilty verdicts for nearly seven decades.

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