U.S. judge agrees to postpone Proud Boys trial amid Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearings

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday postponed the trial of Proud Boys leaders charged with seditious conspiracy for their role in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, fearing revelations in recent congressional hearings could begin the jury.

US District Judge Timothy Kelly has set a new trial date for December 12, after prosecutors and attorneys for three of the Proud Boys defendants requested a postponement.

In their request, they raised concerns that the high-profile hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack could negatively impact the criminal trial. . They also expressed concerns that they would not have enough time to consider potential new evidence that could be released by the congressional panel in the coming weeks.

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The trial was originally scheduled for August 8.

The defendants, including former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, face seditious conspiracy charges for their alleged roles in the attack on the US Capitol.

During the US House Select Committee’s first hearing, televised live in prime time, the panel showed the public excerpts of surveillance footage featuring Joseph Biggs, one of the Proud Boys defendants, as well as excerpts from Tarrio’s deposition.

The Justice Department wrote a letter last week renewing its call for the committee to turn over copies of transcripts of interviews with more than 1,000 witnesses, saying its failure to do so was hampering both criminal investigations by ongoing and pending lawsuits.

Tarrio’s attorney said Wednesday that his client opposes the postponement of the trial, saying he believes Tarrio will never get a fair trial.

“Whether it’s August or December, we won’t have an impartial jury in Washington, DC,” Nayib Hassan said.

Kelly said he expected the trial to last up to six weeks and would take place over the holiday season “without substantive disruption”.

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Leslie Adler

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