Oath Keepers Leader Found Guilty Of Seditious Conspiracy

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the extremist group the Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy for his participation in the violent January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building.
Stewart Rhodes (screen capture)

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy for his efforts to unleash political violence at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

From the Washington Post:

The panel of 12 District residents deliberated for three days before finding Rhodes guilty of conspiring to oppose by force the lawful transition of presidential power.

Rhodes, in a dark suit and black eye-patch from an old gun accident, stood at the defense table, watching as verdicts continued to be read for him and four co-defendants facing a 13-count indictment.

The indictment brought against Rhodes, 56, and other Oath Keepers associates in January was the first time the U.S. government leveled the historically rare charge of seditious conspiracy in the massive Jan. 6 investigation.

Rhodes was also found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding and tampering with documents. He was acquitted of two other conspiracy counts.

One of Rhodes co-defendants, Kelly Meggs, was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Three others – Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell – were found not guilty.

Al of the defendants were found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding as well as other charges.

Four more members of the Oath Keepers are charged with seditious conspiracy and are scheduled to go to trial in December.

Rhodes, who wears an eye patch after accidentally shooting himself in the face with his own gun, is the most high-profile defendant of over 900 to be charged in connection to the violent Capitol building invasion.