Judge Denies Oath Keepers Founders’ Request to Delay Trial

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The Facts

  • A US District Judge on Wed. denied the request of Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, to delay his seditious conspiracy trial, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 27, and fire his lawyers. The judge called the request "incorrect and frankly bewildering."

  • The motion filed claimed Rhodes couldn't work with his current lawyers because of "a complete, or near-complete breakdown of communication" and that he needed at least three months with new representation to prepare for the trial.

The Spin

Pro-Trump narrative

This is a major test for the DOJ, as Rhodes' trial has been fast-tracked compared to those of other defendants. Rhodes' newly-desired lawyer staunchly believes in the innocence of his defendant and believes these accusations are unfair. Thoughtful due process must prevail.

Democratic narrative

These attempts by Rhodes to delay his trial are just meant to wreak havoc on the court's docket and postpone justice. Most of his motions are outright lies. The trial of this far-right, anti-government group for their seditious actions must continue without delay.

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