Joshua James

If he doesn’t strike a plea deal, Joshua James of Arab will go to trial on Jan. 31, 2022, or April 19, 2022.

James is the Arab man who is a member of the Oath Keepers accused of participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He is one of 16 Oath Keepers charged in the matter.

The federal court in Washington, D.C., set those court dates Tuesday. It says that all those detained (in jail) will be tried on Jan. 31, as well as some who are not detained. The others will be tried April 19.

James is not being detained. He is free on bond with severe restrictions in place to limit his comings and goings from his home in Arab.

James’ attorneys also filed motions to have some of the charges dismissed (please see other story on page 1A of today’s Tribune).

One of the Oath Keepers in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has pleaded guilty in federal court and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Graydon Young, 54, of Florida is one of James’ co-defendants in the case.

Young’s is the first guilty plea among the Oath Keepers.

Prosecutors say it is a significant development as investigators continue to pursue leads in the insurrection they believe was planned to help former President Donald Trump stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election.

According to federal prosecutors, Young agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts – conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding. He also agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution for damage done to the U.S. Capitol building.

In his deal, Young agreed to cooperate with federal investigators by giving grand jury testimony and he agreed to be interviewed by law enforcement investigators without his lawyers being present.

He’s facing about five years in federal prison in his plea deal.

Prosecutors say Young was part of the “stack” military-style formation of Oath Keepers that cut through the crowd to move inside the Capitol.

James also is accused of being part of the formation.

In exchange for his cooperation, prosecutors dropped other charges against Young.

(1) comment

StoneWoodpecker

Why should any of them have a trial? Standing in front of a firing squad is the penalty of treason!

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