By the time Marjorie Taylor Greene’s defense attorney, James Bopp Jr., finished his opening statement, he had given a laundry list of reasons why he didn’t believe that she should be held responsible for a role in the January 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. These included a lot of definitions, a declaration that any rebellion Greene might have engaged in before swearing her oath on January 3rd would be irrelevant to her candidacy, and finally invoking the Ku Klux Klan.
You can watch the full hearing live here, but the clip below catches a small portion of Bopp’s opening statement — the part in which he explains that the Supreme Court ruled that the KKK was merely engaging in free and protected speech when a leader “advocated the duty, necessity, and propriety of crime, sabotage, violence, or other unlawful methods of terrorism.”
Marge Greene’s lawyer cites a Ku Klux Klan leader’s case as precedent to justify her actions on J5-6. pic.twitter.com/ERUxEAZh7L
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) April 22, 2022
Bopp’s implication is clear, and he lays it out further in his full statement — that Greene’s words alone, however much they may have encouraged or supported the attack on Congress, should be interpreted as free speech, not as part of an insurrection or rebellion.
Bopp himself, indicated previously in his opening statement that any rebellion Greene might have engaged in prior to her swearing-in would not be relevant to this hearing, indicating his own recognition that there would be a legal difference, for 14th Amendment insurrection clause purposes, between a private citizen calling for insurrection, and an elected official doing so.
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