Oath Keepers Leader Jailed Until Trial 01/27 06:06
PLANO, Texas (AP) -- The founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers
militia group must remain behind bars until he goes on trial on sedition
charges arising from last year's assault on the U.S. Capitol, a federal
magistrate ruled Wednesday.
Stewart Rhodes had been jailed sincehis Jan. 13 arrest on charges that he
plotted with others to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, to stop
Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.
In a 17-page opinion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly Priest Johnson
concluded that no bail conditions would either assure public safety or that the
56-year-old Granbury, Texas, man would make court appearances.
Prosecutors had urged Rhodes' continued detention, while his attorneys urged
that friends or relatives have custody. One of Rhodes' lawyers, James Lee
Bright, said Wednesday that he and his co-counsel disagree with aspects of
Johnson's ruling and will be filing an appeal Thursday to the district court
judge handling the case in Washington. He said Rhodes is "doing well" and looks
forward to his trial.
Rhodes and 10 others were the first to be charged with sedition for their
roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot in which five people died. A federal
indictment alleges Oath Keepers for weeks discussed trying to overturn the
election results and preparing for a siege by purchasing weapons and setting up
The indictment against Rhodes alleges Oath Keepers formed two teams, or
"stacks," that entered the Capitol. The first stack split up inside the
building to separately go after the House and Senate. The second stack
confronted officers inside the Capitol Rotunda, the indictment said. Outside
Washington, the indictment alleges, the Oath Keepers had stationed two "quick
reaction forces" that had guns "in support of their plot to stop the lawful
transfer of power."