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(L-R) Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta and U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols of the District of Columbia. Photos: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Federal judges in Washington, D.C., are divided on whether those charged with rioting at the U.S. Capitol should be detained ahead of their trials.

Federal prosecutors are requesting detention only in certain cases, allowing the majority of those charged to stay out of federal custody for the time being. But when detention is sought, judges first have to confront a series of threshold legal questions before making a final ruling.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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