Oath Keepers militia go on trial for Jan. 6 ‘sedition’

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WASHINGTON, DC  — The leader and four members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia who joined the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol go on trial Tuesday for the rare charge of sedition.اضافة اعلان

Stewart Rhodes, the eye patch-wearing former soldier and Yale Law School graduate who plotted a military-style assault on the Capitol, and his followers are charged with taking up weapons against the US in an effort to keep Donald Trump in the White House despite his election defeat.

The sedition charge is the toughest yet in the prosecutions of hundreds who took part in the January 6 rebellion, which aimed to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election, and brings up to 20 years in prison.

Rhodes and eight Oath Keeper members in total have been charged with sedition; four of the eight will go on trial beginning November 29.

Rhodes and his followers conspired “to oppose by force the law transfer of presidential power,” the charges say.

The nine Oath Keepers will be the first of some 870 charged in the Capitol attack to go on trial for seditious conspiracy. The sedition charge is very rarely used by US prosecutors. The last time a conviction was obtained on the charge was against Ramzi Yousef, the planner of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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