Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers — a right-wing militia group — was found guilty of seditious conspiracy related to the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which was an attempt to overturn former President Donald Trump’s election loss to Joe Biden.
What Happened: Rhodes and four other co-defendants received the verdict after three days of deliberations by a 12-member jury. One co-defendant, Kelly Meggs, was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy, while three others were acquitted of the same charge, reported Reuters.
All five were reportedly found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding, according to the report.
Why It Matters: This is the most high-profile case related to the Jan.6 insurrection, noted Reuters.
Oath Keepers, founded in 2009, reportedly includes in its ranks militia members who are current and retired U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officers, and first responders. Rhodes himself is a former Army paratrooper.
The case was presided over by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who earlier this week dismissed Trump’s claims of “absolute immunity” in a civil rights violations case related to the 2020 elections.
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