Texas legal news in 2021 not only reflected the debates and court disputes being heard all across the country, but also frequently led those conversations. Each day through the end of the year, Androvett Legal Media & Marketing takes a look at the Top 10 Texas Legal Stories that shaped 2021.
‘Stop the Steal’ Insurrectionists Included more than 60 Texans
A “Stop the Steal” rally stoked by former President Donald Trump turned deadly when thousands of attendees stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory. More than 700 have been charged in connection to the riots, including at least 61 Texans. Among those arrested are a real estate agent from Frisco who took a private jet to the rally and live-streamed herself in the scrum, a former sheriff’s deputy, five members of the same family, and even a North Texas man who is now running for a seat in the Texas House.
Woefully understaffed police found themselves in hand-to-hand combat as the mob stormed inside the Capitol building where they threatened to hang Vice President Pence and looted the hallowed halls as lawmakers cowered. Five people died and approximately 140 officers were injured.
The attack caused an estimated $30 million in damages and shook the public’s notion of free and fair elections. The FBI is still seeking public assistance in identifying individuals who took part.
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