International Women's Day

Democracy in Crisis: Inauguration day protestors arraigned amid doubts about evidence

Democracy in Crisis: Inauguration day protestors arraigned amid doubts about evidence

The morning of Wednesday March 8, as women across America were striking for International Women's Day, the struggles of 10 female felony defendants were obscured by D.C. courtroom walls, justice system bureaucracy, and public indifference.

The defendants, who are among more than 200 being prosecuted by the United States for public dissent on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, shifted uncomfortably in their seats waiting for the proceedings to begin. Dressed in courtroom-formal attire, downplaying their asymmetrical haircuts, septum piercings, and tattoos, the defendants waited silently as Judge Lynn Leibovitz began the arraignment hearings.

On the day of the

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