The purpose, Mr. Broden stated, was politics.
“Most, if not all, of the Portland dismissals, offers of pretrial diversion, and pleas to significantly reduced charges came after a change from the Republican administration to the Democratic administration running the Department of Justice,” he wrote.
Prosecutors disputed Mr. Broden’s calculations as a preliminary matter, arguing that they contained “inaccuracies,” however the authorities’s submitting additionally sought to make a broader level that there was extra at stake in Washington on Jan. 6 than in weeks of turmoil in Portland.
Mr. Miller, prosecutors famous, was “part of a mob” that “breached the Capitol building, and assaulted law enforcement with the goal of impeding congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election.” The defendants in Portland, they identified, by no means truly broke into the courthouse and by no means disrupted a continuing earlier than Congress.
The prosecutors additionally argued that they’ve higher proof towards Mr. Miller — and the tons of of different rioters charged in reference to Jan. 6 — than they ever managed to acquire towards the protesters in Portland.
In the times main to the Capitol assault, courtroom papers say, Mr. Miller posted messages on Facebook, speaking a couple of potential civil struggle and the collapse of the economic system, and suggesting that he may take firearms to Washington. On the day of the riot, the papers say, surveillance movies present him pushing previous officers and getting into the Capitol whereas others present him confronting the police inside in “a fighting stance with one of his legs in front of the other.”
Moreover, prosecutors say, in the times that adopted the riot, Mr. Miller posted messages on Twitter threatening to “assassinate” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York. He can be accused of threatening the officer who fatally shot a girl, Ashli Babbit, in the Capitol by posting a photograph of a noose on Instagram and writing, “He will swing.”