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    Oath Keepers’ Rhodes Seeks Leniency in Jan. 6 Sentence

    Oath Keepers' Rhodes Seeks Leniency in Jan. 6 Sentence

    Lawyers for Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers founder convicted of seditious conspiracy in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, say he doesn't deserve any more time behind bars when he's sentenced this month, according to court papers filed Monday.

    While the Justice Department is seeking 25 years in prison, defense attorneys are urging the judge to sentence Rhodes to the time behind bars he has already served. Rhodes, of Granbury, Texas, has been locked up since his arrest in January 2022.

    Rhodes is expected to be sentenced on May 25 after his November conviction in one of the most serious cases brought so far in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. Prosecutors accused Rhodes of being the architect of a plot with his extremist followers to forcibly block the transfer of from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.

    Prosecutors built their case around dozens of encrypted messages and other communications in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 that showed Rhodes rallying his followers to fight to defend Trump and warning they might need to “rise up in insurrection” to defeat Biden if Trump didn't act.

    Rhodes, who took the witness stand at trial, has insisted there was no to attack the Capitol and said the Oath Keepers who did so acted on their own. His attorneys say they plan to appeal his conviction.

    In their filing, Rhodes' attorneys told the judge that all of Rhodes' writings and statements were “protected…

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