Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers leader, to testify in militia group's seditious conspiracy trial
The Yale Law-educated, eyepatch-wearing leader of the Oath Keepers will testify Friday in his and four co-defendant's high-profile trial.The Oath Keepers members face a series of charges related to the Capitol riot, including a rare seditious conspiracy charge.
The founder of the right-wing extremist US militia Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, was guilty of the "rebellious conspiracy" because of the Capitol storm of January 2021. A jury of the capital Washington owed the 57-year-old and another leader of the Oath Keepers on Tuesday this particularly serious indictment. They face up to 20 years in prison, the sentence is announced at a later date. © Nicholas Kamm The founder of the right-wing extremist US militia Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, was guilty of the "rebellious conspiracy" because of the Capitol storm of January 2021. He threatens 20 years in prison.
There are the first convicts due to the rebellious conspiracy in connection with the attack on the US capitol on January 6, 2021. The criminal offense is directed against attempts to overthrow the US government, and is rarely used in the USA .
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The public prosecutor had accused the five defendants in the trial of having planned an "armed rebellion" against the US government. In addition to Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers in the state of Florida, Kelly Meggs, was guilty of the rebellious conspiracy. The other three defendants were acquitted of this accusation, but were spoken guilty of other crimes.
members of the Oath Keepers classified as hostile to government and violent, together with hundreds of other radical followers of the elected President Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol when the victory of the Democrat Joe Biden was to be finally confirmed in the presidential election of November 2020.
, according to the indictment, had bought the ex-soldier Rhodes and the other defendant Oath Keepers weapons and fighting equipment and stored in a hotel near the capital. Rhodes occurred "like a general on the battlefield," said prosecutor Jeffrey Nestler during the end of September.
Jury begins deliberating in Oath Keepers sedition trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot case accusing Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four of his extremist group associates of a violent plot to stop the transfer of presidential power from Republican Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden. Federal prosecutors are asking the Washington, D.C., jury to convict the defendants of seditious conspiracy — a rarely used charge that carries up to 20 years in prison and can be difficult to prove.
Rhodes has denied that he had planned an attack on the Capitol. On the day in question, he and his militia only wanted to ensure security at a Trump rally in Washington.
Trump had refused to recognize his defeat after the presidential election and have often raised allegations of election fraud. At noon on January 6, 2021, the Republican called his followers to march to the Capitol and fight "on devil come out". The following attack on the Capitol with five deaths caused horror worldwide and is considered a black day in the history of US democracy.
In the weeks and months after the Capitol storm, around 900 attackers were arrested. In hundreds of cases, punishments have already been imposed, including attacks on police officers. The trial of the Oath Keepers was in connection with the attack on the capitol of the first with the "rebellious conspiracy" indictment.
An acquittal would have been a difficult setback for the public prosecutor. Especially since the US judiciary also wants to make the process for "rebellious conspiracy".
The ex-soldier Rhodes, a Jura graduate from the US elite university Yale, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009. The militia in particular recruits earlier or current police officers and soldiers and wants to defend itself against an alleged tyranny by the US government. As with other groups of extremists, the Oath Keepers have great sympathy for Trump.
Trump, who has already entered the presidential race in 2024, has so far not been prosecuted by the US judiciary because of the Capitol storm. But that could change: Minister of Justice Merrick Garland appointed the prosecutor Jack Smith a special investigator a week and a half ago. Among other things, Smith will take a close look at Trump's role in the Capitol storm. He will also take over the investigation into the secret documents confiscated in Trump's private work.
2nd Oath Keepers Jan. 6 sedition trial to get underway .
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