Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020: Proposed Legislation Clarifies D.C. Riot Act, Part 3

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By Catherine Park, Esq. At the Council hearing on October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took the position that DC Bill 723 (“Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020”) does not merely “clarify” the current Riot Act but “changes the definition of rioting.”  The issue of the retroactive effect to be given a… Continue reading Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020: Proposed Legislation Clarifies D.C. Riot Act, Part 3

Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020: Proposed Legislation Clarifies D.C. Riot Act, Part 2

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By Catherine Park, Esq. The Council hearing on October 15, 2020 covered not only the “Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020” (DC Bill 23-0723), but also the “Internationally Banned Chemical Weapon Prohibition Amendment Act of 2020” (DC Bill 23-0771), and “Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act of 2020” (DC Bill 23-0882).  As to the… Continue reading Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020: Proposed Legislation Clarifies D.C. Riot Act, Part 2

Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020: Proposed Legislation Clarifies D.C. Riot Act, Part 1

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By Catherine Park, Esq. D.C. Bill 723, “Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020,” is scheduled for a public hearing at the D.C. Council (via Webex) on October 15, 2020.  The bill seeks to “clarify the conduct that constitutes rioting ….”  By definition, a “clarify[ing]” law is intended to apply retroactively.  DC Bill 723’s most notable… Continue reading Rioting Modernization Amendment Act of 2020: Proposed Legislation Clarifies D.C. Riot Act, Part 1