Oath Keepers member Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy.
The far-right organizations that participated in the attack on January 6 have drawn attention. One of them is the Oath Keepers, a militia that opposes the government and encourages its members to uphold the pledge made by US servicemen and women to "protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Stewart Rhodes, a former US Army paratrooper and Yale-educated attorney who frequently sports an eyepatch to conceal an injury received from a shooting accident, founded the organisation.
The first Oath Keepers to be charged with a seditious conspiracy in connection with the attack on January 6 were Rhodes and a number of his fellow Oath Keepers. The serious but infrequently used accusation suggests that a person planned to overthrow the government, challenge its legitimacy, or obstruct its laws.
The Oath Keepers were allegedly "prepared and willing to use force" to thwart the peaceful transfer of power, according to the US Department of Justice. They argued that the attack on January 6 was planned.
However, Rhodes and his co-defendants refuted such assertions in court, stating that no plot existed to penetrate the Capitol building.
One of the most notable verdicts to result from investigations by the Department of Justice was the conviction of Rhodes for seditious conspiracy on November 29. While he awaited punishment, Rhodes might have spent up to 20 years in prison.
Three other defendants, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, and Thomas Caldwell, were cleared of the allegation, but another co-defendant, Kelly Meggs, was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy.
On the accusation of impeding an official investigation, all five of them were found guilty.
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