Oath Keepers boss guilty of seditious conspiracy in 1/6 case

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Oath Keepers boss guilty of seditious conspiracy in 1/6 case​

Story by By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press • 31m ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was convicted Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for a violent plot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win, handing the Justice Department a major victory in its massive prosecution of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

A Washington, D.C., jury found Rhodes guilty of sedition after three days of deliberations in the nearly two-month-long trial that showcased the far-right extremist group’s efforts to keep Republican Donald Trump in the White House at all costs.

Using dozens of encrypted messages, recordings and surveillance video, prosecutors made the case that Rhodes began shortly after the 2020 election to prepare an armed rebellion to stop the transfer of presidential power.

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Guilty verdict in Oath Keepers trial​

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Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes has been found GUILTY of seditious conspiracy. He and five other members were on trial.
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Oath Keepers: ‘How I escaped my father’s militia’​

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By Mike Wendling
Kalispell, Montana

The son of militia leader Stewart Rhodes spent years plotting to help his family escape from his father's control. Now that the elder Rhodes faces decades in prison, the rest of the family is rebuilding their lives.

The time had come. It was a dreary February day in 2018. Dakota had it all planned out.

His mother and five younger siblings were in the truck - some of them crouched out of sight on the floor.

They'd bundled into it as much as they could and made up an excuse - ostensibly they were heading to the trash dump just off the main highway, slick with black ice and crusted snow.

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There was another thread here where it was proven the other main guy was FBI. Big whoop. A militia, lol. The government sure does LOVE their monopoly on armies/violence.
 
So sad. This guy was a former staffer for Ron Paul. Radicalization is the death of reason.

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This description is supported by Tasha Adams, Rhodes' estranged wife, who described to me in a series of direct messages the changes she noticed over time within the Oath Keepers and Rhodes himself. Adams says the group evolved from one that clearly “tapped into the energy and politics of the Ron Paul movement that was so popular during 2008-2009” to focus more on “the politics of the much more right-leaning Tea Party movement.” Subsequently, during the events of the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff, Adams says she witnessed how “the organization became more militant in rhetoric and actions.” By the 2016 election, Adams notes, “Stewart had completely morphed himself and his organization into a Republican militia group, one that was less about Rhodes’ anti-government ideology and more about gaining popularity” within the right-wing ecosystem.
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A jury in the United States has convicted four members of the far-right Oath Keepers of seditious conspiracy over their roles in the US Capitol riot, as authorities continue to prosecute individuals accused of plotting to keep former President Donald Trump in power.

The 12-member jury found Oath Keepers David Moerschel, Joseph Hackett, Roberto Minuta and Edward Vallejo guilty of seditious conspiracy on Monday. All four members also were found guilty of various obstruction and felony charges.

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The Justice Department is seeking a 25-year prison sentence for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who was convicted of seditious conspiracy last year in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday that Rhodes "exploited his vast public influence" as leader of the right-wing militia group to persuade others to attack the Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of power from then-President Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

"(Rhodes) used his talents for manipulation to goad more than twenty other American citizens into using force, intimidation, and violence to seek to impose their preferred result on a U.S. presidential election," the filing reads. "This conduct created a grave risk to our democratic system of government and must be met with swift and severe punishment."

 

1st seditious conspiracy sentences in Jan. 6 attack to be handed down for Rhodes, other Oath Keepers​

Story by By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press • 10h ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and members of his antigovernment group will be the first Jan. 6 defendants sentenced for seditious conspiracy in a series of hearings beginning this week that will set the standard for more punishments of far-right extremists to follow.

Prosecutors will urge the judge on Thursday to put Rhodes behind bars for 25 years, which would be the harshest sentence by far handed down in the deadly U.S. Capitol attack. Describing the Oath Keepers' actions as “terrorism," the Justice Department says stiff punishments are crucial to send a message to future possible instigators of political violence.

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The Justice Department is seeking a 25-year prison sentence for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who was convicted of seditious conspiracy last year in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday that Rhodes "exploited his vast public influence" as leader of the right-wing militia group to persuade others to attack the Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of power from then-President Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

"(Rhodes) used his talents for manipulation to goad more than twenty other American citizens into using force, intimidation, and violence to seek to impose their preferred result on a U.S. presidential election," the filing reads. "This conduct created a grave risk to our democratic system of government and must be met with swift and severe punishment."

Meanwhile over 100 FEDS were involved using the same tactics in manipulating innocent people to enter the Capitol....
 
Meanwhile over 100 FEDS were involved using the same tactics in manipulating innocent people to enter the Capitol....

They aren't on trial. If they were I'd most definitely post about them. Maybe in the future?????????

On a different note.............

How many years do you think these cats are gonna get?
 

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison for Jan. 6 Capitol attack​

Story by Ella Lee, USA TODAY • 17m ago

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release Thursday after being convicted of seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack. It's the first sentence passed down to a person found guilty of the rare, Civil War-era charge linked to the riot.

Sporting an orange jumpsuit and his signature eyepatch under wire frame glasses, Rhodes brazenly addressed the court before the sentence was handed down, calling himself a "political prisoner" with "preordained guilt from Day One."

"However long I spend in prison, my goal will be to be an American Solzhenitsyn to expose the criminality of this regime," Rhodes said, comparing himself to prominent Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and referencing the Biden administration.

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Former Oath Keeper sentenced for role in Jan. 6 Capitol attack​

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A former leading member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group was sentenced Friday to eight years and six months in prison for her role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Jessica Watkins led a small group into the Capitol building, but prosecutors said her actions enabled many more to ultimately disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.

Struggling to express her remorse through her tears, Watkins apologized before the court.

"My actions and behaviors on that fateful day were wrong and -- as I now understand -- criminal," she said.

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  • Two Army veterans and Oath Keepers who stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 — Jessica Watkins and Kenneth Harrelson — have been sentenced to 8½ years and four years in prison, respectively.
  • Watkins and Harrelson were sentenced just one day after Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was handed down an 18-year prison sentence — the longest for any convicted Jan. 6 participant so far.
  • "I have totally demolished my life," a tearful Harrelson said in court. "I am responsible, and my foolish actions have caused immense pain to my wife and our children."
 
Communism is taking over the USA. If a liberal did the same thing they would be called freedom fighters and be given a $1m book deal.

The world is upside down as our country has been bought by those who are directly and indirectly trying to destroy it.

Prepare now and find a place to bunker down. Your kids and grandkids will have less freedom than you.
 
  • Two Army veterans and Oath Keepers who stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 — Jessica Watkins and Kenneth Harrelson — have been sentenced to 8½ years and four years in prison, respectively.
  • Watkins and Harrelson were sentenced just one day after Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was handed down an 18-year prison sentence — the longest for any convicted Jan. 6 participant so far.
  • "I have totally demolished my life," a tearful Harrelson said in court. "I am responsible, and my foolish actions have caused immense pain to my wife and our children."
WWG1WGA!
 

Oath Keeper who guarded Roger Stone before Jan. 6 attack gets more than 4 years in prison​

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group who was part of a security detail for former President Donald Trump 's longtime adviser Roger Stone before storming the U.S. Capitol was sentenced on Thursday to more than four years in prison.

Roberto Minuta, who was seen on video guarding Stone hours before the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, was among six Oath Keeper members convicted by jurors of seditious conspiracy for what prosecutors said was a violent plot to stop the transfer of power from Trump to President Joe Biden after the 2020 election.

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Oath Keeper convicted in Jan. 6 Capitol riot gets 3 years in latest extremist sentencing​

Associated Press • 52m ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who stormed the U.S. Capitol with other members of the far-right Oath Keepers group was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other charges — the latest in a historic string of sentences in the Jan. 6. 2021 attack.

David Moerschel, 45, a neurophysiologist from Punta Gorda, was convicted in January alongside three other members of the antigovernment extremist group for their roles in what prosecutors described as a violent plot to stop the transfer power from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden after the 2020 election.

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UPDATE 2-Oath Keepers get prison sentences for sedition in US Capitol attack​

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WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - Oath Keepers militant group members David Moerschel and Joseph Hackett were sentenced on Friday to prison for seditious conspiracy and other crimes arising from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by then-President Donald Trump's supporters.

Hackett, a Florida chiropractor and low-level Oath Keepers leader, was sentenced to 42 months in prison while Moerschel received a three-year prison term.

The sentences were both significantly lower than prosecutors' recommendations of 12 years for Hackett and 10 years for Moerschel.

 

UPDATE 2-Oath Keepers get prison sentences for sedition in US Capitol attack​

1h ago
WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - Oath Keepers militant group members David Moerschel and Joseph Hackett were sentenced on Friday to prison for seditious conspiracy and other crimes arising from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by then-President Donald Trump's supporters.
Hackett, a Florida chiropractor and low-level Oath Keepers leader, was sentenced to 42 months in prison while Moerschel received a three-year prison term.
The sentences were both significantly lower than prosecutors' recommendations of 12 years for Hackett and 10 years for Moerschel.
 

Insurrectionist throws Jan 6 leader UNDER THE BUS in federal court​

Jun 7, 2023


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Michael Popok of Legal AF reports on the lower end prison sentences imposed on 2 oath keeper leaders for seditious conspiracy because they renounced their former leader Stuart Rhodes and were no longer a threat to democracy in the judge’s eyes.
 

Supreme Court Gives Prosecutors Ammo in Oath Keepers Capitol Riot Case​

The Supreme Court recently discussed the use of acquitted charges in sentencing hearings, possibly giving prosecutors in the Oath Keepers trial ammo for the sentencing of two defendants.

On Tuesday, Roger Parloff, a senior editor at Lawfare, shared a Twitter thread discussing a recent opinion by the Supreme Court. "The statements relate to the practice of holding conduct against a defendant at sentencing even though the jury acquitted the defendant of that conduct," Parloff wrote.

Parloff went on to discuss how this could impact the sentencing for two members of the Oath Keepers, Thomas Caldwell and Michael Greene. "This issue most dramatically affects def Tom Caldwell, who was acquitted of all conspiracies in the OK seditious conspiracy case. Nevertheless, govt originally sought a 14-yr sentence for him based largely on his conspiratorial acts relating to the 'quick reaction forces,'" Parloff wrote.

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The Justice Department on Wednesday appealed the sentences handed down to seven members of the Oath Keepers — including founder Stewart Rhodes — for their roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a signal that prosecutors are not satisfied with the severity of the jail terms delivered by the federal judge overseeing the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta sentenced Rhodes to 18 years in prison — the harshest sentence for any Jan. 6 defendant — reflecting his leadership of what Mehta characterized as a dangerous criminal conspiracy aimed at violently derailing the transfer of presidential power.

Nevertheless, the sentence for the Yale Law School graduate and disbarred attorney was seven years shorter than the 25-year prison term prosecutors recommended and four years below an agreed-upon “guidelines range” based upon Rhodes’ conduct.

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Donovan Ray Crowl, one of the first rioters to be identified in national news media as part of a line of Oath Keepers who marched single-file in combat-style gear on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6, 2021, was convicted Wednesday by a federal judge of conspiracy to obstruct the electoral college vote count and civil disorder.

But a second man charged with Crowl, James D. Beeks, a stage actor and Michael Jackson impersonator from Florida, was acquitted of the same two counts, becoming the first Oath Keeper to be cleared of all Jan. 6-related charges. Beeks had not met or spoken with any of the Oath Keepers before connecting with them at the Ellipse that morning, and U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta found no evidence that he was aware of any plan to disrupt the transfer of presidential power to Joe Biden.

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