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ADL Welcomes Guilty Verdict in Oath Keepers Seditious Conspiracy Trial

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New York, NY, November 29, 2022 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today welcomed the conviction of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes on charges of seditious conspiracy and other offenses in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, issued the following statement:

“Today’s guilty verdicts for Stewart Rhodes and other Oath Keepers who played a key role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol sends an indisputable message that extremism does not pay and that you cannot undermine American democracy. 

“As the leader of one of the largest right-wing anti-government extremist groups, Rhodes has proved a grave threat to our democracy and to us all. In particular, the fact that the jury found Rhodes guilty of seditious conspiracy -- a difficult charge to prove -- shows the tremendous weight of evidence against him.

“This conviction sends a strong message that attempts to undermine our democracy will not be tolerated and serves as a crushing blow to one of America's largest militia groups.”

On the civil side, ADL is serving as co-counsel in a federal lawsuit by the District of Columbia to hold the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers accountable for the role they played in planning and carrying out the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.