On Friday, October 13, 2023, America’s Future and two other nonprofits filed an Amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Fischer v United States (U.S.), SCOTUS Dkt. No. 23-5572. The public docket in this case is located here.
The brief urges the SCOTUS to intervene in the federal criminal case brought against Petitioner, Mr. Joseph Fischer, for participating in the Jan 6 Capitol protest. Mr. Fischer is accused of violating 18 U.S.C.§1512, a charge carrying a 20-year prison sentence as a penalty. This is the same “obstruction” charge levied against Donald Trump in the District of Columbia criminal case. The legal issue presented to the Supreme Court focuses on the proper interpretation, or legal definition, of the word “otherwise” found in the statute charged.
Whether the Court agrees to hear Mr. Fischer’s case in the first place, and if so, how it resolves it, could foretell a great deal about the Court’s willingness to take on future cases of great significance. This case could forecast how the Court might examine the political persecution of President Trump and the massive other abuses of power carried out by the D.C. establishment.
America sits at a dangerous precipice. The stakes are high, and we pray that the SCOTUS seizes upon every opportunity because it must ensure America’s path to prosperity is returned; truth matters. Mr. Fisher is entitled to due process, fair treatment, and equal justice under the laws. And, so too, is President Trump and every American.