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‘There Was a Big Battle in Here': Lawyers Tour Capitol as a Crime Scene

Added 05-05-21 05:40:03am EST - “Defense lawyers representing suspects in the riot are being given tours of the Capitol to help them visualize what took place on Jan. 6.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “‘There Was a Big Battle in Here’: Lawyers Tour Capitol as a Crime Scene”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Defense lawyers representing suspects in the riot are being given tours of the Capitol to help them visualize what took place on Jan. 6.

WASHINGTON — “This is the speaker’s lobby,” said Thomas Loyd, the Capitol Police inspector, his voice rising so those in the back could hear. “This is where the shooting took place.”

The two dozen defense lawyers in front of him — who represented some of the 400 people charged in connection with the mob attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 — stopped chatting, looked around the carpeted corridor outside the House chamber and started taking notes.

It was the latest bizarre scene in a Congress still reeling from the most violent attack on the Capitol in centuries: a court-ordered crime scene tour.

Federal prosecutors announced last week that they would open the building to five tours for defense counsel over the next month. In criminal cases, crime scene walk-throughs are typically associated with a shallow grave or a creek in the woods where a body is found. But they are unfolding in the ornate quarters of Congress, more recognizable as the backdrop for State of the Union addresses and legislative debates than for violent crimes.

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