Proud Boys: Defence rests at leaders’ sedition trial
The trial of former Proud Boys national leader Enrique Tarrio and four other group members charged with conspiring to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden after the 2020 election is about to end. The defence attorneys have finished presenting their trial testimony, and federal prosecutors have the right to call rebuttal witnesses before the jurors hear attorneys’ closing arguments and begin deliberating. The trial began more than three months ago and is expected to resume on Friday. The defendants are charged with seditious conspiracy for what prosecutors say was a violent plot to keep Trump in the White House. Pezzola, a member of the Proud Boys from Rochester, NY, testified for the defence and claimed the trial was “corrupt” and “phony”. He also denied that he was part of a plot with the Proud Boys to attack the Capitol. Pezzola and Tarrio, a Miami resident, are on trial with Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs and Zachary Rehl. Nordean was a Proud Boys chapter president, Biggs was a self-described Proud Boys organizer, and Rehl was the president of a Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The trial is one of the most important cases from the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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