In a landmark decision, four leaders of the far right group Proud Boys have been found guilty of seditious conspiracy in Washington DC. The group aimed to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power from former President Donald Trump to Joe Biden after the 2020 election.
Among the convictions are the group’s longtime chairman Enrique Tarrio and members Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, and Zachary Rehl. This marks the third time prosecutors have secured convictions for seditious conspiracy in the historic prosecution of those involved in the January 6 capitol breach.
The jury did not reach a verdict on some charges leading to a mistrial on those counts. Tarrio’s conviction is especially significant as he was not present in Washington on January 6 but is believed to have created a command structure within the Proud Boys leading up to the event.
Defense attorneys argue that their clients never intended to storm the capitol and that their messages and videos were merely crude rhetoric.
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