Four Oath Keepers Convicted Of Jan. 6 Seditious Conspiracy
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WASHINGTON (AP) — 4 members of the Oath Keepers had been convicted Monday of seditious conspiracy within the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol assault within the second main trial of far-right extremists accused of plotting to forcibly hold President Donald Trump in energy.
The decision in opposition to Joseph Hackett of Sarasota, Florida; Roberto Minuta of Prosper, Texas; David Moerschel of Punta Gorda, Florida; and Edward Vallejo of Phoenix, comes weeks after after a special jury convicted the group’s chief, Stewart Rhodes, within the mob’s assault that halted the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
It’s one other main victory for the Justice Division, which can also be attempting to safe sedition convictions in opposition to the previous chief of the Proud Boys and 4 associates. The trial in opposition to Enrique Tarrio and his lieutenants opened earlier this month in Washington and is anticipated to final a number of weeks.
They’re a number of the most critical circumstances introduced to date within the sweeping Jan. 6 investigation, which continues to develop two years after the riot. The Justice Division has introduced almost 1,000 circumstances and the tally will increase by the week.
Protection attorneys sought to downplay violent messages as mere bluster and mentioned the Oath Keepers got here to Washington to supply safety at occasions earlier than the riot. They seized on prosecutors’ lack of proof that the Oath Keepers had an express plan to storm the Capitol earlier than Jan. 6 and instructed jurors that the extremists who attacked the Capitol acted spontaneously like hundreds of different rioters.
Richer reported from Boston.