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As Proud Boys Trial Begins, Defense Points to Trump

He was 'the prime mover that whipped up the crowd,' says attorney

(Newser) - Opening statements in one of the biggest trials related to the Capitol riot got underway Thursday in DC, as onetime Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four associates attempt to fend off charges of seditious conspiracy . In Thursday's opening arguments:
  • Prosecution: Tarrio and his men led a coordinated attack

Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy

Jeremy Bertino is cooperating with federal investigation of group

(Newser) - Jeremy Bertino on Thursday became the first Proud Boys leader to enter a guilty plea to a seditious conspiracy charge. Bertino was a top aide to Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, the group's top leader, and the plea could put Bertino in position to testify against Tarrio and others, the...

Jan. 6 Defendants Really Don't Like the DC Jail

They've asked a court to transfer them to Guantanamo Bay

(Newser) - A group of Jan. 6 defendants awaiting trial in the District of Columbia jail have asked to be transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they say the detention facility "actually provides nutritious meals … sunlight exposure, top-notch medical care, is respectful of religious requirements, [and] has centers for exercise/entertainment....

Proud Boy Who Got Near Schumer Sentenced

Capitol Police officers submitted victim impact statements in Joshua Pruitt case

(Newser) - A Proud Boy from whom Sen. Chuck Schumer and his security team had to flee during the attack on the Capitol was sentenced Monday to 55 months in federal prison. Joshua Pruitt, 40, apologized in court for his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, but stuck to his position supporting then-President...

Committee to Show Trump 'Activated' Militia Groups

'You'll see the evidence,' Rep. Stephanie Murphy tells CBS

(Newser) - A former spokesperson for the Oath Keepers—the far-right, anti-government militia group that claims to defend its interpretation of the US Constitution—will testify in front of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot Tuesday in its seventh hearing and the first since the stunning testimony of former...

Newspaper Publishes, Quickly Deletes Op-Ed Supporting Proud Boys

The Herald-Tribune says it 'erred' in providing a platform to support the far-right group

(Newser) - Local hubbub involving the Sarasota County School Board and the far-right Proud Boys has trickled into the national media and created a headache for staff at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Back on June 24, the paper published a guest column by Lisa Gialdini Schurr calling on school board candidates to denounce...

Proud Boy Calls Out Colbert in Court, Colbert Responds

Defense argued Jan. 6 trial should be moved because of coverage

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert noticed that lawyers for a leader of the Proud Boys mentioned him in their attempt to have Joseph Biggs' trial moved from Washington, DC. A defense filing last week asked for a new location because of the "unquestionably spectacular 24/7" coverage of the organization in the media,...

Proud Boys Members Charged With Seditious Conspiracy

Former leader Enrique Tarrio is among 5 charged

(Newser) - The former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and other members were charged Monday with seditious conspiracy for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Biden's 2020 electoral victory. The latest indictment against Henry "Enrique"...

Proud Boys Leader Reaches Plea Deal in Capitol Riot

Charles Donohoe, who ran the North Carolina chapter, will cooperate with the government after pleading guilty

(Newser) - A Proud Boys defendant pleaded guilty Friday to two felonies in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, becoming the first of the group's leadership to admit guilt and agree to cooperate with the investigation of the organization. Charles Donohoe, who led the North Carolina chapter of the...

Document May Not Bode Well for Ex-Leader of Proud Boys

It contained a blueprint for riot on Jan. 6, reports 'New York Times'

(Newser) - When the former leader of the Proud Boys was arrested last week for his alleged role in coordinating the Capitol riot, prosecutors made reference to a document found in his possession. Now the New York Times is reporting new details, and they don't appear to bode well for Enrique...

Proud Boys Leader Hit With Jan. 6 Conspiracy Charge

Indictment says Enrique Tarrio flouted order to stay out of Washington

(Newser) - A leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group was arrested Tuesday on a conspiracy charge for his suspected role in a coordinated attack on the US Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wasn’t there when the riot erupted...

Proud Boys Leader to Stay in Jail, Despite the Conditions

Judge rules solution to the problem isn't to release Enrique Tarrio

(Newser) - Update: Enrique Tarrio has lost his bid to be released from jail early. A judge has ruled that the Proud Boys leader will not be put on house arrest or have his sentence reduced just because he complained about conditions in the District of Columbia Jail, the Guardian reports. Superior...

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7 Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump Over Riot

Lawsuit also names Roger Stone, members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers

(Newser) - Former President Trump just got with another lawsuit over the Capitol riot, this time by officers who were injured by his supporters. The lawsuit also implicates several Trump allies, including Roger Stone and members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
  • Main claim: The lawsuit filed in federal court in

Judge Doesn't Buy Apology From Leader of Proud Boys

Enrique Tarrio receives jail sentence for burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a church

(Newser) - Enrique Tarrio apologized to a Washington, DC court on Monday for burning a Black Lives Matter banner that had been ripped down from a Black church in Washington. Calling his actions "a grave mistake," the Proud Boys leader told the judge: "I profoundly apologize. I didn't...

DOJ: Messages Suggest 'Alliance' Made Before Jan. 6

Filing shows what Kelly Meggs, Florida head of the Oath Keepers, allegedly wrote

(Newser) - What Politico calls the first evidence indicating there was coordination among far-right groups in the runup to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack emerged via a Tuesday night Justice Department filing that contained Facebook messages written by the Florida head of the Oath Keepers. A sampling of what Kelly Meggs allegedly...

Leader Calls Proud Boys Scapegoats Over Riot

Enrique Tarrio says he has no sympathy for lawmakers who were attacked in Capitol

(Newser) - Their leader doesn't support the Proud Boys' joining the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. But "condemn" is too strong a word, Enrique Tarrio said. Either way, he expressed no empathy toward the members of Congress who were under attack. "I'm not gonna cry about...

Trump Is Now Facing a Lawsuit Over the Capitol Attack

Rep. Bennie Thompson and NAACP's suit also names Rudy Giuliani, white supremacist groups

(Newser) - He was acquitted in his impeachment trial, but Donald Trump now faces threats from the courts in regard to the Capitol riot. On Tuesday, the first such threat from a member of Congress emerged in the form of a lawsuit by Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, reports Politico . The...

Canada Declares Proud Boys a Terrorist Entity

Lawmakers unanimously supported the move

(Newser) - Five years after Canadian citizen Gavin McInnes founded the Proud Boys, Canada has become the first country to designate the far-right group as a terrorist organization. The group was officially added to Canada's list of terrorist entities Wednesday, along with other far-right groups including the Atomwaffen SS and several...

Proud Boys Leader Was 'Prolific' Police Informant

Enrique Tarrio was a 'key component' in drug investigations

(Newser) - Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio said Tuesday that he "doesn't recall" being an informant for federal and state law enforcement—but a former federal prosecutor and court records obtained by Reuters might jog his memory. Vanessa Singh Johannes, the former prosecutor, says that after a 2012 arrest in...

Proud Boys Leader: 'We're Going to Take a Chill Pill'

Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio says group will stay away from DC on Inauguration Day

(Newser) - The leader of the Proud Boys has been banned from the nation's capital , and now he says the rest of the group is likely to stay away from Washington, DC, as well on Jan. 20. "We’re going to take a chill pill," Henry "Enrique" Tarrio,...

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