Oath Keepers Trial Begins
Jury selection began yesterday in the trial against Oath Keepers-founder Stewart Rhodes for his alleged role in the storming of the US Capitol Jan. 6, 2021. Rhodes and four other members are charged with seditious conspiracy for allegedly seeking to disrupt the transfer of presidential power. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper, established the antigovernment Oath Keepers militia group in 2009 (see overview). Prosecutors claim Rhodes organized military-style units to reject the results of the November 2020 election far in advance of Jan. 6, including by purchasing weapons and gear and mapping out access points to the Capitol grounds. Rhodes and his codefendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Seventeen of the 870 individuals charged in connection to Jan. 6 are accused of seditious conspiracy, while the majority of others face disorderly conduct charges. See a running list of charges here.