Leader of Oath Keepers Convicted in January 6th Case
Seditious Conspiracy charge upheld
A jury in Washington found Stewart Rhodes guilty of Seditious Conspiracy, which the US code defines as:
“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”
This charge arose from the plot to keep former President Trump in power, which ultimately led to the mob attack on the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. The guilty conviction of Stewart Rhodes means that he will face up to 20 years in prison.
The Seditious conspiracy charge is a serious one, and this is the first time such a charge was upheld against any defendant as a result of the full scale investigation of the attack on the Capitol. The investigation has already produced 900 criminal cases.
The investigation of the January 6th attack is ongoing and could result in many more arrests.
Rhodes was acquitted of two other conspiracy charges while Kelly Meggs, head of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers when the attack took place, was also convicted of seditious conspiracy.
Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell who were the other three defendants, were found by the jury not guilty of sedition. There are other ongoing related cases, including one scheduled to start on Monday where another four members of the Oath Keepers are also being charged with seditious conspiracy.
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