The penalties handed down for the Jan 6 insurrection is an embarrassment to the U.S. justice system.

As of now, five years is the toughest sentence handed down. These people attacked police officers causing severe injuries to many of them. They threatened the vice president of the United States with death along with several congressmembers. The damage they did to the capital alone demands more time than they have gotten so far. These people did what I would call treason but for some reason they call it an insurrection. As citizens we have the right to protest against our government that’s what makes us great but we do not have the right to try to overtake the government with force. Where did common sense and justice go? We cannot allow actions like this against our government go unpunished. Give these people the sentence they deserve and top it off with a bag of coal from Santa.

Robert A. Nice

Redwood City

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Terence Y

Mr. Nice, how about a reaction to the Capitol Police officer who murdered Ashli Babbitt. After all, his act of murder is currently going unpunished. Shouldn’t he deserve to be punished, along with a sentence of shoveling coal for life? BTW, if there really was an insurrection, half a million patriots would have caused much more damage. Calling Jan 6 an insurrection is an embarrassment to the word “insurrection.”

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Robert

Re: the prosecution of Jan. 6 rioters, you wrote, "Give these people the sentence they deserve and top it off with a bag of coal from Santa."

I agree... give them the sentences they deserve, and at the same time,,, give the summer 2020 "mostly peaceful" protesters who caused over a billion dollars in damages during rioting, looting and destruction that led to 20 deaths the sentences they deserve.

Do you think the perpetrators of the spike in crime across the US during 2021 will get the sentences they deserve?

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