The US Capitol Lego set that federal authorities claimed to have recovered from an alleged rioter “fully constructed” was actually not assembled at all, according to new court papers.
An assistant US attorney in DC clarified in a letter filed on Friday that all 1,000-plus pieces of the plastic model seized from Robert Morss were still loose in the box.
“Please note that after a review of the photographs from the search, there appears to have been a miscommunication and that statement appears to be inaccurate,” prosecutors wrote.
“The Lego set was in a box and not fully constructed at the time of the search, as pictured below,” they added.
Morss, who is being held behind bars pending a bail hearing, was hit with a number of charges for his role in the riot, including assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, civil disorder, robbery of US property and obstruction.
He allegedly led rioters in “one of the