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Judge addresses ‘death penalty’ rumors as Trump pleads not guilty |

Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to four felony charges in connection with his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in the January 6, 2021, riot at the United States Capitol , during Thursday’s appearance in Washington, DC.

Special counsel Jack Smith announced the indictment on Tuesday, charging Trump with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. The last charge refers to an effort to “injure, oppress, threaten or intimidate” people regarding their constitutional rights. In this case, the rights refer to the right to have the fair vote counted.

Despite rumors that Trump could face the death penalty, Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya clarified during the arraignment that the maximum sentence for the charge of conspiracy against rights is 10 years.


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