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What Is Seditious Conspiracy? Stewart Rhodes Convicted of January 6 Charge

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Rhodes, founder of the right-wing Oath Keepers, is the first person to be found guilty of seditious conspiracy in decades.
Stewart Rhodes, founder of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers, was found guilty of seditious conspiracy for planning to violently overthrow President Joe Biden’s 2020 Electoral College victory.
Rhodes is the latest January 6 rioter to be convicted for transgressions that day, when supporters of ousted President Donald Trump sieged the U.S. Capitol in a failed effort to force Congress to block Biden’s win. Throughout his seven-week trial, prosecutors sought to paint Rhodes as seeking to plot a violent insurrection aimed at disrupting the peaceful transfer of power.
Rhodes could face 20 years in prison. A jury found Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, the Florida Oath Keepers leader, guilty of the rarely used seditious conspiracy charge. Prior to the jury’s decision on Tuesday, the charge had not been used for decades in the U.

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