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Jurors could soon start deliberating the fate of Edward Vallejo, an Arizona man charged with eight other members of the Oath Keepers for seditious conspiracy and other counts stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

A second group of Oath Keepers - including Arizonan Edward Vallejo - to be tried for seditious conspiracy and other charges for actions during the Jan. 6 insurrection could soon see their case handed over to a jury. Read more»

While largely symbolic, the referred charges — if proven — are punishable by up to 45 years in prison.

Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection that resulted in a referral for criminal prosecution of former President Trump released their final report, as a group of Republican representatives published a separate opposition report into Capitol security failures. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

Attorneys representing Melody Jennings, known online as “TrumperMel,” told a federal court back in October that none of her volunteer drop box watchers to her knowledge had extremist ties, but an analysis of a database of her volunteers by the Arizona Mirror found that isn’t true. Read more»

The government’s indictment accuses the members of the loosely organized antigovernment militia of planning to 'stop the lawful transfer of presidential power by Jan. 20, 2021.'

Jury selection in the trial of four Oath Keepers' members charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack began on Tuesday, less than a week after two of their co-defendants were convicted by a jury of the rare charge. Read more»

A federal jury entered a guilty verdict Tuesday against Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the extremist right-wing Oath Keepers group, the culmination of nearly three days of deliberation in a high-profile seditious conspiracy trial that lasted more than a month. Read more»

The five defendants are part of a group of more than 880 people whom the Justice Department has charged in connection with the Capitol riot.

Lawyers for five people charged with plotting to overthrow the U.S. government after the 2020 presidential election - including Stewart Rhodes, founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group - delivered closing arguments Monday on charges in connection with the Capitol riot. Read more»

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Founder Richard Mack speaks to a crowd of about 100 people at a Yavapai County Preparedness Team meeting in Chino Valley, Arizona, in October 2022.

A rule change set to take effect in December will lower the barrier for extremist organizations to access law enforcement personnel by taking continuing-education decisions out of the board’s hands and placing them in those of individual law enforcement agency leaders across Arizona. Read more»

Finchem declared his membership in the Oath Keepers - an anti-government extremist group - in a 2014 candidate questionnaire.

Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state who has been open about his membership in the Oath Keepers, has received nearly $10,000 in donations from people linked to the far-right extremist group. Read more»

The First Amendment and finding a way to tailor an order that is amenable to both parties will likely be key to the case going forward and was the key point of contention and discussion Monday.

The Justice Department is seeking a temporary restraining order against a group that is surveilling drop boxes across Arizona after the judge overseeing one of the cases last week declared that the injunction being sought would likely violate the First Amendment. Read more»

Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem speaking with attendees at rally for Donald Trump in Florence on Jan. 15, 2022.

"Can you imagine what would happen if the overseer of Arizona's election just threw out your vote? Our country, democracy would be rocked to its core. And yet, that's exactly what election denier and conspiracy theorist Mark Finchem is saying he would do." — Michael G. Mathis, Rear Admiral, USN (ret) Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

A federal lawsuit is aiming to stop extremist groups from surveilling dropboxes in Maricopa and Yavapai and counties - joining an already existing legal challenge from Arizona activists - accusing the groups of violating the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Read more»

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes speaks at a local Oath Keepers event on Sept. 9, 2022. Earlier in the meeting, Lions of Liberty board member Brian Mounsey, back, called for volunteers to help with a proposed dropbox monitoring operation in Yavapai County, Ariz.

Election and domestic extremism experts warn that so-called Arizona “constitutional sheriff” groups are compounding problems created by disinformation campaigns and undermining public confidence in elections and law enforcement. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb addresses a crowd at former-President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022. Lamb is the leader of the ‘constitutional sheriff' organization Protect America Now, which the Southern Poverty Law Center recently labeled an 'anti-government' group.

More than half of Arizona’s county sheriffs are at least partially aligned with a growing movement of so-called “constitutional sheriffs,” with an ideology that indoctrinates them with false legal theories about a sheriff’s authority over state and federal government. Read more»

An election ballot drop box is shown outside Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 25, 2020.

Fringe anti-government groups are planning to watch drop boxes and the polls in Arizona - spurred by conspiracy theories - and the groups’ sometimes violent rhetoric has advocates worried, especially with some local politicians are stirring the pot. Read more»

Between 2012 and 2016, white nationalists on Twitter saw a 600% increase in Twitter followers.

Membership in white nationalist groups is not limited to the attempted violent overthrow of the government, and poses an ongoing threat as seen in massacres carried out by young men radicalized by this movement. Read more»

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