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  • Steward Rhodes, leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy.
  • He was convicted along with co-defendants.
  • The penalty will be determined at a later date.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and wanted to prevent Joe Biden from transferring power. A grand jury found Steward Rhodes and the co-defendants guilty. The offense is seditious conspiracy. In the history of justice in the United States, this has only rarely been recognized.

These are the “Oath Keepers”


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The Oath Keepers are a far-right militia in the United States of America. It was founded in 2009 by the now convicted steward Rhodes.

The militia often recruits its members from among current or former police officers. Firefighters or paramedics are also common within the organization.

Earlier this year, the US Department of Justice filed criminal charges against Rhodes and other Oath Keepers supporters. They would have partially participated in the attack itself or carried out coordination work. In addition, the accused are said to have organized weapons and training in combat techniques in advance. Rhodes claimed during the trial that he had no plans to attack the Capitol.

Legend:

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Five people lost their lives in the attack on the Capitol. Before the attack, Donald Trump had incited his supporters in a speech.

Large sentence possible

In the US, seditious conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, the Justice Department said. The sentence for the leader of the militia organization “Oath Keepers” will be determined at a later date.


SRF 4 News, November 30, 2022, 1:00 a.m.;



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