Alexei Wood

Journalist Alexei Wood arrested at Inauguration protest

January 20, 2017

Independent photojournalist Alexei Wood was arrested while covering protests on the day of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Wood was among more than 230 people arrested in Washington on Inauguration Day after some individuals set fire to a car and broke windows of downtown businesses.

Like other journalists arrested during the Inauguration protests, Wood was initially charged with one count of rioting, a felony which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. 

But on April 27, a grand jury indicted him on eight separate felony counts:

  • Five felony counts of destruction of property
  • One felony count of inciting a riot
  • One felony count of engaging in a riot
  • One felony count of conspiracy to riot

The eight counts carry a combined maximum sentence of more than 60 years in prison.

October 31, 2017 Update

Wood tweeted that his trial is scheduled to begin on November 15, 2017.

December 1, 2017 Update

Judge Lynn Leibovitz, who is presiding over the trial, ordered that two of the felony charges — engaging in a riot and conspiracy to riot — be downgraded to misdemeanors.

These are the charges that Wood currently faces:

  • Five felony counts of destruction of property
  • One felony count of incitement to riot
  • One misdemeanor count of engaging in a riot
  • One misdemeanor count of conspiracy to riot

November 20, 2017 Update

The criminal trial of Wood and five inauguration protesters began on November 15, 2017, with the start of jury selection.

On November 20, federal prosecutors and attorneys representing Wood and the other defendants made their opening statements to the jury.

December 13, 2017 Update

Judge Leibovitz ordered that the felony charge of inciting a riot be dropped, because there was no evidence that Wood or the others on trial directed protesters’ behavior.

These are the charges that Wood currently faces:

  • Five felony counts of destruction of property
  • One misdemeanor count of engaging in a riot
  • One misdemeanor count of conspiracy to riot

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