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The trial against the Proud Boys leaders was adjourned until the end of the year

A federal judge on Wednesday adjourned the trial of the Proud Boys leaders to December 12. Five leaders of a far-right movement of Trump fans have been charged with ‘conspiracy to revolt against the United States’.

They were due to appear in court on August 8, but lawyers and attorneys for the three Proud Boys defendants filed a request for an adjournment. They feared that revelations from recent congressional hearings could negatively impact the criminal process.

During its first hearing, the U.S. subcommittee investigating the January 6, 2021 capitol attack showed, among other things, pieces of CCTV footage of one of the Proud Boys defendants, Joseph Biggs, and portions of the defendant’s testimony, as well as a former national panel. The Proud Boys are headed by Enrique Dario. A British documentary maker who followed the Proud Boys for weeks and attended important private meetings also testified.

Dario’s attorney on Wednesday opposed the termination of his client’s trial because he believes he will never get a fair trial. “Whether it’s August or December — we don’t have a neutral jury in Washington, DC,” the lawyer said.

If convicted, all five face up to 20 years in prison.

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