Oath Keepers members convicted of seditious conspiracy

Source: NBC News

“A jury on Monday convicted four members of the extremist group the Oath Keepers of seditious conspiracy. The jury started deliberations Thursday morning after a trial that spanned five weeks. Prosecutors said the four defendants ā€” Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel and Edward Vallejo ā€” used a ‘perverted version of American history’ to justify their actions on Jan. 6, 2021. ‘Attacking the Capitol was a means to an end,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Manzo told jurors during closing arguments Wednesday. He said the group took advantage of the riot and seized the opportunity to fulfill their goal of preventing Congress from counting the electoral votes and confirming Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. ‘January 6 was just a battle. The full conspiracy was to stop the transfer of power,’ Manzo said.” (01/23/23)