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First Jury Trial In January 6th Attack Returns GUILTY Verdict On All Charges

First Jury Trial In January 6th Attack Returns GUILTY Verdict On All Charges

Guy Reffitt, who was the first defendant in the January 6th case to go to trial by jury, has been found guilty on all five charges leveled against him, including threatening witnesses — his own teenage children — to keep them from reporting him.

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As previously reported, Reffitt’s trial has the potential to be precedent-setting, since there will likely be many more trials to follow for many more January 6th defendants. As well as charges of obstructing an official proceeding, Reffitt faced additional charges for the firearm he brought with him into the Capitol, and for intimidation of witnesses by communicating a threat of bodily harm.

According to the Daily Kos, Reffitt’s defense included bringing up Donald Trump’s speech that morning telling his supporters to “fight like hell,” and Rudy Giuliani’s call for “trial by combat,” with Reffitt’s attorney claiming that these, as well as Reffitt’s own words, such as the declaration that “we’re taking the Capitol before the day is over,” were just exaggerated rhetoric, rather than a show of intent.

It didn’t work for him.

His son testified that Reffitt warned him, “If you turn me in you’re a traitor, and traitors get shot.”

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Politico reports that the other star witness of the trial was Rocky Hardie, a member of the Three Percenters — who testified in exchange for his own immunity, and shared information from their conversations, including the decision to bring firearms with them to D.C. despite acknowledging that they would be carrying them illegally.

Ultimately, the jury took only about 3 hours of deliberation to come to the conclusion that Reffitt was guilty on all five counts, despite Reffitt’s defense.

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