WASHINGTON (AP) — Four The members Oath Keepers On Monday, they were convicted of seditious conspiration in the Jan. 6In the second trial, far-right extremists are accused of planning to depose President Donald Trump.

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The verdict against Joseph Hackett of Sarasota, Florida; Roberto Minuta of Prosper, Texas; David Moerschel of Punta Gorda, Florida; and Edward Vallejo of Phoenix, comes weeks after after a different jury convicted the group’s leader, Stewart Rhodes, in the mob’s attack that halted the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

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It’s another major victory for the Justice Department, which is also trying to secure sedition convictions against the former leader of the Proud Boys and four associates. Enrique Tarrio’s trial and those who served as his lieutenants began earlier in the month in Washington. It will likely last several more weeks.

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These cases are among the most grave brought forward in the broad Jan. 6 Two years later, the investigation is still going strong. Each week, the Justice Department brings nearly 1000 cases to the table.

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The defense attorneys tried to minimize violent messages and dismissed them as mere talk. Oath Keepers They came to Washington in order to guard the events that preceded the riot. They seized on prosecutors’ lack of evidence that the Oath Keepers There was an explicit plan for a storm of the Capitol in January. 6 She told jurors that extremists attacked Capitol in a spontaneous manner, much like other rioters.

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Richer reported out of Boston.

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