The jury selection process for the highest-profile trial yet stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021,
attack on the United States Capitol began on Tuesday, with five members of the extremist
group Oath Keepers, including founder Stewart Rhodes, facing charges including seditious conspiracy.
A panel of Washington, D.C., residents reported to the E. Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse
for in-person vetting by prosecutors, defence attorneys, and U.S. District Judge Amit P.
Mehta for a trial that could last six to eight weeks. Another four co-defendants charged
in the same nine-person indictment will begin jury selection in November and will face a separate trial.
The jury pool for the first trial was selected from a pool of 150 prospective jurors who were asked to complete a written questionnaire.
The document inquired about their availability and potential knowledge of defendants, witnesses, and attorneys in the case, as well as their perspectives on the Jan. 6 riot.