Four members of the far-right group Oath Keepers have been found guilty of the rare charge of seditious conspiracy for their part in the violent January 6, 2021, invasion of the U.S. Capitol building.
As the saying goes, “F*ck around, find out.”
Proud Boys take note: Four Oath Keepers found guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy https://t.co/QyaOdA5tr6
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) January 23, 2023
From the Washington Post:
Joseph Hackett, 52, ; Roberto Minuta, 38; David Moerschel, 45 and Edward Vallejo, 64, were described by federal prosecutors as armed and dangerous traitors, and by their attorneys as hapless has-beens who stumbled into chaos.
Of the nearly 1,000 people charged with committing crimes at the Capitol on Jan. 6, only 14 were charged with seditious conspiracy, identified by the Justice Department as not just participants in a violent mob but leaders using brutality to further a political plot.
The Oath Keepers verdict comes as five members of the Proud Boys face trial down the hall on seditious conspiracy charges.
In his closing arguments, prosecutor Jeffrey Nestler told the jury, “They claimed to wrap themselves in the Constitution, but they trampled it. They ignored the will of the people.”
A verdict of seditious conspiracy is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
This is the second of three seditious conspiracy cases charged in regard to the insurrection.
Read more at the Washington Post.
#4OathKeepers “The verdict in the 2nd of 3 seditious conspiracy cases charged in the U.S. Capitol breach comes after a jury in November found Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes guilty of plotting to keep President Donald Trump in power by force.” @washingtonpost
— Sue J Feingold (@susanjfeingold) January 23, 2023