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Professor Ric Simmons quoted in Vice article discussing President Trump’s potential liability for U.S. Capitol riots

January 11, 2021 | Media News

Professor Ric Simmons, an expert in the area of election law, was recently quoted in an article by Vice titled, “Will Biden’s Justice Department Charge Trump Over the Capitol Riot?

“I don’t think it is feasible to charge Trump for those events,” Simmons said. “His speech is generally protected by the First Amendment, and while there is a “fighting words” exception, it is very narrow, and Trump’s speech at the rally doesn’t seem to cross that line, since he never advocates violence.”