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Oath Keepers trial resumes after Rhodes tests positive for coronavirus

Rhodes, 56, speaking by phone from jail to the DC courthouse, waived his constitutional right to be present for the testimony of eight government witnesses who his lawyers said were less critical of his defense because they would talk about events inside the Capitol, which Rhodes is not accused of having entered.

The move allowed the fourth week of testimony to resume after a day-long hiatus in the trial of Rhodes and four others, but it could prevent the government from completing its case on Friday as prosecutors had planned. Rhodes’ defense said he wanted to be present for the testimony of at least one and potentially more Oath Keepers witnesses who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta said he would confirm his understanding that the prison’s quarantine protocols would prevent Rhodes from participating in his trial by videoconference or being transported to court until Monday at the earliest.


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