Prosecutors are required to give defendants and their lawyers access to any exculpatory information that may arise over the course of an investigation. But in the case of the investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building, the sheer deluge of body cam footage, cell phone video and social media posts that are still being captured is causing delays in the more than 506 cases already being pursued.
Last month, Politico reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed to pay $6.1 million to Deloitte Financial Advisory Services to help create a “massive” database that would give defensive attorneys access to relevant electronic evidence from the DOJ’s investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. But in an opinion filed July 16, a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia ruled evidence that had already been seen by a grand jury could not be placed in the database, further complicating efforts to deliver speedy trials.
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