守誓人的審判。美國國會大廈騷亂案進入陪審團審理階段

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守誓人的審判。美國國會大廈騷亂案進入陪審團審理階段

去年1月6日,在國會大廈周圍的人群中,許多視頻和照片中都出現了這些被告的身影。其中一些人進入大樓。但他們的律師認為,從來沒有任何具體的計劃或陰謀來衝擊大樓,以阻止2020年總統選舉的認證。

檢察官反駁說,他們不需要證明入侵大樓的具體計劃,只需要證明被告人之間同意試圖阻止總統職位的和平移交。

在一名線人的錄音中,可以聽到羅茲先生說"我們應該帶上步槍。我們本可以在當時就解決這個問題"。他接着談到了絞死眾議院議長南希-佩洛西。

誓約守衛者將這個儲藏室稱為快速反應部隊或QRF,並談到在發生大規模混亂時用汽車或船隻將武器運進城市。一位守誓者作證說,這是他離開美國軍隊後看到的最大的武器庫。

辯護律師認為,這些武器從未被使用或甚至被帶入城市的事實支持了他們的論點,即守誓者的任務純粹是防禦性的,目的是保護抗議者並維持國會大廈內外的和平。

羅茲先生沒有進入國會大廈,而是留在外面,接聽電話和發送信息。他說,他正準備讓特朗普先生援引《叛亂法》,這項法律可追溯到1807年,允許總統在發生內亂時部署軍隊。

如果陪審團在周二沒有作出裁決,那麼最早也要到下周才能知道審判結果,因為法院因感恩節假期而關閉。

羅茲先生於2009年發起的一個支持槍支、反政府的團體,"守誓人 "以警察、軍人和其他官員的服務誓言命名。他們把招募工作的重點放在有軍事和執法經驗的人以及其他第一反應者身上。


The defendants were pictured in numerous videos and photos among the throngs of people around the Capitol on 6 January last year. Some of them entered the building. But their lawyers have argued that there was never any concrete plan or conspiracy to storm the building in order to halt certification of the 2020 presidential election.

Prosecutors countered by arguing that they do not need to prove a specific plan to invade the building, only that the defendants agreed among themselves to attempt to halt the peaceful transfer of the presidency.

In one recording made by an informant, Mr Rhodes is heard saying: "We should have brought rifles. We could have fixed it right then and there." He goes on to talk about hanging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Oath Keepers referred to the cache as a Quick Reaction Force or QRF and talked about ferrying weapons into the city by car or boat in case of mass disorder. One Oath Keeper testified that it was the biggest cache of weapons he had seen since leaving the US military.

Defence lawyers argued that the fact the weapons were never used or even brought into the city bolsters their argument that the Oath Keepers were on a purely defensive mission, intending to protect protesters and keep the peace inside and outside the Capitol.

Mr Rhodes did not enter the Capitol, but instead stayed outside, taking phone calls and sending messages. He says he was preparing for Mr Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, a law dating from 1807 that allows the president to deploy troops in the event of civil disorder.

If the jury does not deliver a verdict on Tuesday, the outcome of the trial will not be known until next week at the earliest because of the court being closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

A pro-gun, anti-government group launched by Mr Rhodes in 2009, the Oath Keepers is named after the oath of service that police, military and other officials take. They focused recruitment efforts on people with military and law enforcement experience, along with other first responders.

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