Thursday, May 25, 2023

Oath Keepers - Stewart Rhodes = 18 years

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the US Capitol riot.
The sentence is the longest yet given to a Capitol rioter. Prosecutors had asked for 25 years.870 have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 17 have been accused of seditious conspiracy, the high crime of using force to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. Seditious conspiracy is a Civil War-era statute, rarely prosecuted, which carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison. Members of far-right militia the Oath Keepers — including founder Stewart Rhodes, have been charged with this.
Rhodes plotted an armed rebellion to stop the transfer of power from Trump to Biden.

Oath Keepers spent months planning their roles in the riot.
Seditious conspiracy is defined as two or more people plotting "to overthrow, put down or to destroy by force the government of the United States." The Oath Keepers are an anti-government, right-wing political organization committed to supporting and defending their demented interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
The five accused Oath Keepers also face charges of conspiring to obstruct and obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and conspiring to prevent an officer from discharging duties. Those who physically entered the Capitol building - Watkins, Meggs and Harrelson - are charged with property destruction.