Re: Stewart Roads Trial:The Jury Deliberates
Trump Swamp All Losers
Date: November 22, 2022 12:54PM
The US Department of Justice has not successfully prosecuted anyone on the charge since a group of Islamic militants were convicted in 1995 of plotting to plant bombs in New York City.
In the current case, prosecutors say the Oath Keepers' actions on 6 January were part of a scheme - prompted by Donald Trump's false claims of a "stolen" election - to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.
Before closing arguments ended on Monday, the trial faced a number of delays over more than seven weeks, including a proposed witness suffering a heart attack, a surprise decision by one of the defendants to testify and Mr Rhodes coming down with coronavirus.
The defendants were pictured in numerous videos and photos among the throngs of people around the Capitol on 6 January last year. Some of them entered the building. But their lawyers have argued that there was never any concrete plan or conspiracy to storm the building in order to halt certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Prosecutors countered by arguing that they do not need to prove a specific plan to invade the building, only that the defendants agreed among themselves to attempt to halt the peaceful transfer of the presidency.