Prosecutors Seek 27 to 33 Years in Prison for Proud Boys Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy

Prosecutors Seek 27 to 33 Years in Prison for Proud Boys Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy

Ryan J. Reilly for NBC News writes that the Justice Department is seeking sentences of 27 to 33 years in federal prison for four Proud Boys found guilty of seditious conspiracy for their actions during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol: Enrique Tarrio, Joseph Biggs, Ethan Nordean, and Zachary Rehl. If imposed, the sentences would be longer than that of Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers founder who has received the longest Jan. 6 sentence to date — 18 years. Prosecutors wrote that it was important that their sentences “be noted by those who would foment such political violence in the future.” PRRI finds that Christian nationalism adherents are nearly seven times as likely as Christian nationalism rejecters to agree with the statement “Because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.


North Carolina Is the Latest in a Wave of States Passing Anti-Trans Laws

At Vox, Li Zhou reports that Republicans in the North Carolina legislature recently overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto to secure the passage of three bills curbing transgender rights in the state. The bills include: a ban on doctors providing gender-affirming care for minors, a ban on trans girls and women in women’s sports, and a ban on K-4 teachers discussing gender identity and sexual orientation. According to a Washington Post analysis, at least 400 anti-trans bills have been introduced at the state level since the start of this year, with a number of these laws being challenged in court. PRRI finds that nine in ten Republicans (90%) believe there are only two genders compared to less than half of Democrats (44%).


Government’s Own Experts Found ‘Barbaric’ and ‘Negligent’ Conditions in ICE Detention

For NPR, Tom Dreisbach reveals that previously secret reports about the conditions of immigrant detention facilities detailed negligent medical care, unsafe conditions, abuse of detainees, and other problems that, in some cases, contributed to deaths. The reporting is the result of a three-year investigation, during which the federal government opposed NPR’s efforts to obtain records of government experts who examined more than two dozen immigrant detention facilities from 2017 to 2019. The detention system has become a point of contention in the political debate over immigration policy, with some proposing tougher policies that would send more migrants into ICE custody. PRRI finds that the majority of Americans (55%) say the growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthens American society, while four in ten (40%) say the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values.


How States Are Threading the Needle on Flag Design

At The New York Times, Mitch Smith and Sarah Almukhtar examine the ways flags become enmeshed in a state’s self-image, and note that changing them during a time of deep polarization introduces difficult questions of identity and place. At least five states considered legislation to change their states’ flags this year. While most, according to critics, are merely dull, the Minnesota flag has been criticized for including depictions of Native Americans that some see as racist. Utah, which is set to fly a new flag next year, has seen strong opposition to the new design; Republican Gov. Spencer Cox said it has less to do with the design and “far more to do with this moment that we find ourselves, in a country where there is so much animosity and division.”


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Read PRRI’s report, “A Christian Nation? Understanding the Threat of Christian Nationalism to American Democracy and Culture” here.