Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio arrested for Capitol riot conspiracy
Five members of the far-right U.S. nationalist group Proud Boys will be charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 Capitol riots in a trial in U.S. District Court starting today.
Former band member Enrique Tarrio along with four others have been charged with eight other crimes, including obstructing law enforcement and destroying government property.
Federal prosecutors will attempt to convince a jury that members of the Proud Boys on trial conspired to forcefully oppose the legal transfer of presidential power.
The US Department of Justice argued that the men – Ethan “Rufio Panman” Nordean, Joe Biggs, Dominic Pezzola and Zachary Rehl – were among the first rioters to break through barriers on the Capitol grounds before 1 p.m. Video evidence shows Mr. Pezzola was the first to break a Capitol window about an hour later, the department said.
The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol made similar findings, writing in its report that the Proud Boys “carried out the attack, entered the Capitol and led hundreds more to the ‘interior’.
If found guilty, the five will spend considerable time in jail, with the seditious conspiracy charge alone carrying a sentence of up to 20 years.
Jury finalized after 10 days to hear sedition trial
A jury has been chosen for the seditious conspiracy trial of former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four other members of the far-right group accused of plotting to prevent the transfer of presidential power.
Jury selection took 10 days of questioning, as many potential jurors expressed negative opinions of the Proud Boys. The panel finally chosen on Monday includes seven men and nine women, WUSA-TV reported.
Jurors are expected to hear opening statements from attorneys in federal court in Washington after the panel is sworn in.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJanuary 12, 2023 09:00
Why five Proud Boys are on trial two years after January 6
Two days before the attack on the US Capitol, the former chairman of the far-right nationalist gang Proud Boys was arrested in Washington DC moments after stepping off a plane from Miami.
Enrique Tarrio was wanted by police after admitting to tearing down and burning a Black Lives Matter flag outside a historically black church in the nation’s capital during December riots linked to a protest supporting Donald Trump’s false claims that the presidential election of 2020 had been stolen from him.
On January 6, 2021, Tarrio watched the insurgency unfold from a hotel in Baltimore. Two years later, he was one of five members of the self-proclaimed “Western chauvinist” gang charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the mob assault.
After jurors found two members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia guilty of seditious conspiracy against the government in November, federal prosecutors now hope to convict another high-level rioting group linked to the 6 January.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJanuary 12, 2023 08:00
Five members of Proud Boys will go on trial today
Five members of the far-right nationalist group Proud Boys charged with seditious conspiracy will go on trial today.
The accused are former band leader Enrique Tarrio, members Ethan “Rufio Panman” Nordean, Joe Biggs, Dominic Pezzola and Zachary Rehl.
The US Department of Justice argued that the men were among the first rioters to break through the barriers on the Capitol grounds before 1 p.m.
In addition to seditious conspiracy related to the , they were charged with eight other crimes, including obstructing law enforcement and destroying public property.
The men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJanuary 12, 2023 07:02
welcome to The Independents live broadcast of the trial of five members of the far-right group Proud Boys.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJanuary 12, 2023 06:00