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Trial of the Oath Keepers: a major victory for the US government


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After more than 8 weeks of trial, Oath Keepers were found guilty of “seditious conspiracy”. A tricky accusation to prove.





From our correspondent in the United States, Claire Meynial

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, during a preliminary hearing for his trial on June 9, 2022 in Washington.
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IIt only took three and a half days. This is the time taken by the jury to deliver their verdicts on five members of the far-right militia Oath Keepers, on ten counts related to the invasion of the Capitol, on January 6, 2021. Stewart Rhodes, the founder , was found guilty of the most serious: seditious conspiracy. While the experts agreed that it would be difficult to prove, the jury did not drag out, and considered that Rhodes tried to oppose, by force, the peaceful transmission of the transfer of power. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

For more than seven weeks, the jurors listened to about forty witnesses, including FBI agents, a former member who had recorded one of the meetings, two members of the militia who had pleaded guilty…


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