Proud Boys trial news today: Zachary Rehl’s lawyer makes bizarre reference to Rudy Giuliani in January 6 case

Proud Boys trial news today: Zachary Rehl’s lawyer makes bizarre reference to Rudy Giuliani in January 6 case

Proud Boys trial news today: Zachary Rehl’s lawyer makes bizarre reference to Rudy Giuliani in January 6 case

Five Proud Boys stand trial for participating in the January 6 riot

The trial of five members of the far-right group the Proud Boys began on Thursday with the prosecution and defense presenting their opening arguments in a court in Washington DC – just yards from the US Capitol.

Former leader Enrique Tarrio and members Ethan Nordean, Joe Biggs, Dominic Pezzola and Zachary Rehl are charged with seditious conspiracy for their alleged roles in the January 6 riot. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors will attempt to convince a jury that the defendants conspired to forcefully oppose the legal transfer of presidential power during a joint session of Congress convened to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The Justice Department argued that the men were among the first rioters to break through barriers on the Capitol grounds that day.

In their opening arguments, prosecutors said the five men were “aiming at the heart of democracy” by conspiring to storm the US Capitol.

Meanwhile, Mr Rehl’s lawyer, Carmen Hernandez, made a bizarre reference to Rudy Giuliani and his infamous hair dye moment. She also argued that the Proud Boys had been tainted by “myths” about bigotry.

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Lawyer for Proud Boys member makes bizarre reference to Rudy Giuliani in opening arguments

During opening arguments on Thursday, Zachary Rehl’s attorney, Carmen Hernandez, spent much of her opening argument holding her microphone above her head, ensuring that few people outside the courtroom – which included most of the press in a viewing room adjacent to the courthouse – couldn’t hear what she was saying.

At one point, she started quoting the First Amendment, before taking the mic away from her mouth for a long time.

By the time she brought it back for her comments to be audible, she had somehow managed to talk about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his infamous dark hair coloring incident.

It remains a mystery how this related to the case.

Rachel SharpJanuary 13, 2023 1:30 p.m.

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ICYMI: Defense Lawyers Say Prosecution Evidence Does Not Prove Conspiracy

Attorney Nick Smith, whose client Ethan Nordean is among five men charged with seditious conspiracy for their role in the Capitol attack, said jurors would see no evidence from federal prosecutors to support a charge. of conspiracy, alleging that the prosecution’s evidence is selective and misleading.

The defense so far mirrors other high-profile Jan. 6 cases involving serious charges of conspiracy or other crimes, which have relied heavily on the argument that what the defendants did was wrong but not did not rise to the level of a serious crime, and that the “conspiracy” behind it was nothing more than rhetoric.

Alex Woodward and Craig GraziosiJanuary 13, 2023 1:00 p.m.

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ICYMI: Defense attorneys have condemned the attack on the Capitol. Dominic Pezzola’s lawyer called him ‘one of the dumbest’

In court hearings and documents surrounding the assault on the United States Capitol, defense attorneys have widely admitted that Jan. 6 was an embarrassment or despicable attack on democracy while claiming that their clients’ actions did not constitute serious crimes or a conspiracy against the government.

Proud Boy defense attorney Dominic Pezzola – who was filmed breaking a window as a crowd entered the building – claimed that “the whole case represents a delay of approximately six hours of Congress”.

Roger Roots said “the government makes a big deal of this six hour break”.

“Whether [the Capitol riot] was an attack, it could have been one of the worst attacks imaginable,” he said in his opening arguments. “The attacks carried few weapons other than megaphones… Imagine an insurrection in which the insurgencies were in full compliance with DC gun laws.”

Mr Pezzola is accused of using a riot shield taken from an officer to smash a window. Mr. Pezzola appears not to have initially broken it. Mr Roots argued that since damage had already been done, Mr Pezzola smashing the rest with his shield ‘did not cause further damage’.

“These are not thousand-dollar windows,” he said.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 13, 2023 12:00

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Mic issues, Rudy Giuliani’s hair dye and blaming Trump: How the opening day of the Proud Boys trial unfolded

Lawyers defending five members of the Proud Boys against charges of seditious conspiracy would have you believe that their actions were both “shameful” and plagued by “myths” about their bigotry, that they were mere “goats” emissaries” misled by Donald Trump, and that they regret their actions – even though they believe the Capitol riot was little more than a “six hour congressional delay”.

Former Proud Boys president Enrique Tarrio and four members Zachary Rehl, Ethan Nordean, Joe Biggs and Dominic Pezzola are charged with conspiring to incite the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in an effort to stop the transfer peaceful power after the 2020 elections.

On Thursday, they all returned to the scene of their alleged crimes as they were brought to the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse, directly across from the United States Capitol, for the start of their trial.

The IndependentGraig Graziosi of the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse, Washington DC reports:

Rachel SharpJanuary 13, 2023 11:38 am

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Could a new reward solve the biggest mystery of January 6?

Federal law enforcement has made more than 900 arrests in the past two years related to the Capitol Riot.

But one high-profile suspect eluded capture: the person accused of planting pipe bombs that were found the day of the riot.

This month, the FBI increased the reward for information leading to an arrest to $500,000.

The Independentreports Graig Graziosi:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 13, 2023 11:00 am

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ICYMI: Prosecutors say Proud Boys ‘targeted at heart of democracy’

In his opening arguments to launch the case on Jan. 12, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason McCullough said members of the Proud Boys were “aiming at the heart of our democracy” on Jan. 6, as members entered the halls of the Congress after months of discussing an alleged attack.

“They didn’t back down. They didn’t sit idly by,” he said, referring to Donald Trump’s remarks to the group during a presidential debate in September 2020.

“They mobilized,” he said.

“The transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden was halted by these defendants,” McCullough added. “And before they realized how badly they were in trouble, they celebrated their group’s accomplishments.”

He added that former leader Enrique Tarrio told members ‘make no mistake, we did it’, an outline of various text messages to be used as evidence by the prosecution in their case against the five men on trial .

Alex Woodward and Craig GraziosiJanuary 13, 2023 10:00

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‘Burn this town to ashes’: Why five proud boys are on trial two years after Jan. 6

Weeks after jurors found two members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia guilty of seditious conspiracy against the government, federal prosecutors now hope to convict another high-level rioting group linked to the 6 January.

Members of the far-right nationalist gang the Proud Boys, including its former leader, face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of seditious conspiracy for their role in the attack on the Capitol.

Drawing on the evidence and testimony of dozens of members and the guilty pleas of more than a dozen others, federal prosecutors will attempt to convince a U.S. District Court jury that five men on trial conspired to s forcefully oppose the legal transfer of presidential power on January 6. , 2021.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 13, 2023 09:00

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ICYMI: Proud Boys rallied to ‘take the fucking Capitol’ ahead of Trump’s Jan. 6 speech, prosecutors say

Members of the far-right nationalist gang the Proud Boys gather a crowd to ‘take the fucking Capitol’ during a joint session of Congress called to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021.

Opening arguments for a trial for five members of the group charged with seditious conspiracy for their actions before and during the attack, federal prosecutors showed video taken about 20 minutes before then-President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at a nearby rally.

Jurors viewed video of defendant Ethan Nordean from 11:41 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors say. You can hear someone say “Ethan, f****** let’s do it”. Moments later, at 11:47 a.m., this person said to the crowd “take the f****** Capitol”.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 13, 2023 08:00

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ICYMI: Lawyer for Enrique Tarrio accuses Trump of ‘letting go of the crowd’ on Jan. 6 at Proud Boys sedition trial

A defense attorney for longtime former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has blamed former President Donald Trump for “unleashing that mob” on January 6, 2021, when a crowd of his supporters stormed the US Capitol.

Sabino Jauregui – whose client is accused of seditious conspiracy with four other members of the far-right nationalist gang – said it was Mr Trump who told his supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like one devil”, not Tarrio or members of his group.

“Enrique didn’t say that. He didn’t tell anyone on the Capitol grounds. He happens to be the leader of the Proud Boys,” Mr. Jauregui said in his opening arguments in US District Court on January 12.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 13, 2023 07:00

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From December: The Secret Service reported the visit to the White House of the leader of the Proud Boys before January 6

Transcripts of depositions released by the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 show the Secret Service briefed White House leaders after Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was admitted to the 18-acre compound for a visit.

Mr Tarrio, who is currently on trial for seditious conspiracy, attended a tour of the executive mansion on December 12, 2020 – the same day he vandalized a Black Lives Matter sign by setting it on fire after stealing it from a black church .

Alex WoodwardJanuary 13, 2023 04:00

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