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I’ve been clear from the outset that the events of Jan. 6 should make no one proud. But a subsequent trial and verdict sure won’t make you proud of our “justice” system, either.
After a nearly four-month trial, four of five Proud Boys were found guilty of seditious conspiracy related to Jan. 6 in a Washington, D.C., court on Thursday.
For more detail, we went to the definitive source on this story, Julie Kelly at American Greatness.
Enrique Tarrio, Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs and Zachary Rehl were all convicted of seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Dominic Pezzola was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, and they were all convicted of conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging any duties, obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, and one count of destruction of government property. For taking an officer’s riot shield during the chaos, Pezzola was also found guilty of assaulting or impeding law enforcement and also of robbery.
Some charges are still unresolved, and Kelly says it’s “unclear” how Judge Tim Kelly (no relation) will instruct the jury on handling those.
We’ve covered this mess of a trial on and off as it started and stopped, especially the last-minute revelation of numerous FBI informants within the group. Kelly’s report has links to the various controversies that came up.
“Seditious conspiracy” is a statute that originated after the Civil War to deal with those who rebelled against the United States. Until 2022, no one had ever been convicted of it. But the language is vague enough to facilitate the criminal prosecution of public dissent. Both seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding are felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison — each.
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