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HomeBreaking NewsProud Boys trial moves forward as January 6 panel prepares report

Proud Boys trial moves forward as January 6 panel prepares report

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A trial in the United States against five members of the far-right group known as the Proud Boys is set to move forward, with the group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio, among those facing charges of seditious conspiracy for their involvement in the attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

US District Judge Timothy Kelly said jury selection would continue on Monday after he dismissed a request from the defence to delay the trial’s start, which coincides with the final public hearing of a congressional committee investigating the attack.

Defence lawyers argued that the January 6 Committee’s findings, produced on behalf of the US House of Representatives, would prejudice the proceedings.

“We don’t want to be picking the jury in this highly confusing and combustible environment,” lawyer Norm Pattis, who is representing Proud Boys member Joseph Biggs, told the judge.

Tarrio, Biggs, Ethan Nordean, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola are all accused of seditious conspiracy as well as other charges in relation to the January 6 attack.

Kelly said that he would remind jurors to avoid media coverage that could result in bias during the proceedings, but he stated that jury selection, a process that can take several days, would move forward immediately.

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The trial has brought attention to the role that armed far-right groups played in the 2021 attack on the US Capitol. During the attack, supporters of former US President Donald Trump tried to stop the certification of the 2020 election results by violently storming the building that houses the US legislative branch.

Tarrio, formerly the national chairman of the Proud Boys, was not present on the day of the attack, but prosecutors have alleged that he was a key figure in a conspiracy to use violence to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.

In its indictment, the US Justice Department accused

A trial in the United States against five members of the far-right group known as the Proud Boys is set to move forward, with the group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio, among those facing charges of seditious conspiracy for their involvement in the attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Tarrio, Biggs, Ethan Nordean, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola are all accused of seditious conspiracy as well as other charges in relation to the January 6 attack. The trial has brought attention to the role that armed far-right groups played in the 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

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