New York Man Arrested In Capitol Riot Is First To Have Charges Dropped


Federal prosecutors revealed Tuesday that for the first time they have dropped criminal charges against an individual accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U. S. Capitol.

Christopher Kelly of New York is the first among more than 450 people charged in the Capitol attack to have the Justice Department withdraw the case.

Mr. Kelly, who was arrested two weeks after the riot, was charged with unlawful entry, obstruction of an official proceeding, and other offenses.

Prosecutors on Tuesday notified the judge in Mr. Kelly’s case that they planned to drop the charges. The filing did not provide an explanation for the government’s decision, only saying that it “serves the interests of justice.”

“The government and defense counsel have discussed the merits of the case, and upon reflection of the facts currently known to the government, the government believes that dismissal without prejudice at this time serves the interests of justice,” Assistant U. S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla wrote.

Edward McMahon Jr., an attorney for Mr. Kelly, did not return requests for comment. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

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