Supreme Court to Hear Jan 6 Appeal Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in an appeal case that could overturn charges for hundreds of defendants.

The court will review a charge of obstruction of an official proceeding, the Associated Press reported, that has been brought against more than 300 people, including Donald Trump.

A decision on the case is expected by summer 2024.

At least 152 individuals have been convicted of the charge.

A judge previously dismissed the charge against Joseph Fischer, a former police officer, saying that it had been incorrectly applied.

According to the judge, a defendant must have taken “some action with respect to a document, record or other object” to obstruct an official proceeding.

The case comes as Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the Supreme Court to consider Trump’s immunity claims, as Trump’s lawyers have argued that the former president is immune from federal prosecution for alleged crimes he committed while serving as U.S. President.

“This case presents a fundamental question at the heart of our democracy: whether a former President is absolutely immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office,” Smith wrote in his filing to the Supreme Court.