(TotalConservative.com) – Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio is facing charges of sedition related to his alleged involvement in planning the events of January 6th. It is crucial to note Tarrio was not in DC for the riot at the Capitol; however, he is being charged for his involvement in encouraging or communicating with rioters over social media. Many other members of the Proud Boys group were arrested for charges relating to their activity at the Capitol.
Prosecutors claim Tarrio maintained control of the Proud Boys who stormed the Capitol. Defense attorneys say there was never a plan to invade the building or stop the certification of the vote. Ethan Nordean, Dominic Pezzola, Zachary Rehl, and Joseph Biggs all face charges of seditious conspiracy in addition to other riot-related charges.
Prosecutors accuse Nordean, Pezzola, Biggs, and Rehl of being crucial to the first wave of rioters that pushed past the flimsy metal barriers that were set up around the building. Pezzola is accused of using a stolen riot shield to smash a window, giving other rioters access to the building.
This story echoes the prosecution of Stewart Rhodes and his Oath Keeper’s group. Rhodes and one of his colleagues were convicted of the same charge, seditious conspiracy, in November 2022.
The process to select this jury was particularly lengthy due to the political nature of the crimes and the trial being held in Washington, D.C. One potential juror told the judge that he had serious anxiety related to the possibility of retaliation from the Proud Boys and he was dismissed as a result due to an anxiety condition. He had not been threatened or otherwise intimidated.
Opening arguments were expected Tuesday, the 10th, but had to be pushed back a day after a Connecticut Judge suspended the license of one of the attorneys for his participation in the Alex Jones trial. The trial is anticipated to last several weeks, and attorneys will call dozens of witnesses while sharing hundreds of evidentiary exhibits.
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