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U.S. Attorney’s Office Declines to Prosecute Late Show with Stephen Colbert Group for Capitol Entry

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Stephen Colbert pictured in NYC on July 17, 2022.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., has declined to prosecute nine people from CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert who were arrested for unlawful entry at the U.S. Capitol.

Capitol police arrested the nine Stephen Colbert staffers on unlawful entry charges last month because members of the group “had been told several times before they entered the Congressional buildings that they had to remain with a staff escort inside the buildings and they failed to do so,” according to a police press release.

Police announced Monday they were “just informed the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is declining to prosecute the case.”

“We respect the decision that office has made. Any questions about that decision should be referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia,” according to the press release.

A vice president of communications for CBS told NBC News that the arrestees were part of a production team for “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.”

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A graduate of the University of Oregon, Meghann worked at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, before moving to California in 2013 to work at the Orange County Register. She spent four years as a litigation reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and one year as a California-based editor and reporter for and associated publications such as The National Law Journal and New York Law Journal before joining Law & Crime News. Meghann has written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Bloomberg Law, ABA Journal, The Forward, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Laguna Beach Independent. Her Twitter coverage of federal court hearings in a lawsuit over homelessness in Los Angeles placed 1st in the Los Angeles Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards for Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Journalist in 2021. An article she freelanced for Los Angeles Times Community News about a debate among federal judges regarding the safety of jury trials during COVID also placed 1st in the Orange County Press Club Awards for Best Pandemic News Story in 2021.