WASHINGTON — By Wednesday evening, a Washington federal judge had approved around three dozen residents to potentially serve on the jury at the Oath Keepers’ seditious conspiracy trial, further winnowing the pool on the second day of court proceedings.
Elmer Stewart Rhodes and his four co-conspirators, all alleged members of the far-right group, are each facing up to 20 years behind bars for attempting to stop the peaceful transfer of power between then-President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.
Through extensive questioning by attorneys and Judge Amit Mehta, the jury selection process has highlighted certain Washington residents’ close ties and enduring memories of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
One woman revealed that she knew one of the local police officers who killed himself after the riot. The events were “extremely heavy” for him, she said, recalling how a friend told her the Capitol riot was directly connected to the suicide. Yet she had family who supported former President Donald Trump, and believed she could fairly weigh the evidence presented at trial. Mehta declined to immediately strike her as attorneys for the defense requested.
Another potential juror said she was Facebook friends with Harry Dunn, the Capitol Police officer who tes...