Rachel Weiner

Washington, D.C.

Local reporter covering appellate courts in Washington and Richmond.

Education: George Washington University, BA in Journalism and Political Science

Rachel Weiner came to The Washington Post as a politics Web editor. She spent two years writing for The Fix and running The Post’s 2012 election blog, appropriately called Election 2012. At the end of that race she decided to get away from national politics and now covers federal courts in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Va.
Latest from Rachel Weiner

Proud Boys saw themselves as ‘Trump’s army,’ U.S. says in trial closings

Closing arguments are underway in the seditious conspiracy trial of five Proud Boys leaders accused of spearheading the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

April 24, 2023

A federal judge was refused a Lyft ride with his guide dog. He’s not alone.

U.S. Judge David Tatel had hailed a ride to court, but as soon as he got into his Lyft, he said the driver got out and began shouting that he would not take Tatel’s guide dog

April 21, 2023

Proud Boys’ defense wobbles in sedition trial after two take the stand

Prosecutors take fresh shots at the group’s leaders after two co-defendants took the risky step of testifying in the Jan. 6 trial.

April 20, 2023

Proud Boy who broke Capitol window: ‘I got caught up in all the craziness’

Dominic Pezzola is the last defense witness to testify at the trial of five Proud Boys accused of plotting violence on Jan. 6.

April 19, 2023

Loudoun schools’ bias-reporting system might violate free speech, court says

An appellate court ruled that Loudoun County parents can litigate over school programs that report racial discrimination and bias in the school system.

April 14, 2023

D.C. court won’t say if Trump’s rape claim denial is presidential duty

The ruling leaves unresolved whether a writer who says she was raped by Trump in the 1990s can sue him for defamation.

April 13, 2023

Proud Boys defendant calls Jan. 6 violence ‘disgrace’ at trial

Zachary Rehl testified in his defense in federal court, saying there was no plan by the far-right Proud Boys group to storm the Capitol.

April 13, 2023

Divided court leaves constitutional issue at Guantanamo unresolved

U.S. may not be allowed to keep a man imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay after he is no longer deemed a threat, but due process question remains

April 12, 2023

Judges can require potential jurors be vaccinated, appeals court rules

A fair jury does not mean a jury that includes unvaccinated people, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

April 12, 2023

Jan. 6 rioters can be prosecuted for obstructing Congress, court rules

The decision affects hundreds of people accused of interfering with the work of Congress on the day of the Capitol insurrection.

April 7, 2023