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  • Charged

Joshua JamesLast Updated: May 26, 2022

Location

Arab, Alabama

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Arrested in Arab, Alabama
  • Pleaded on Mar 2, 2022

Occupation(s)

  • Leader of Oath Keepers Alabama Chapter

Executive Summary

Drove to the Capitol in a golf cart, at times swerving around law enforcement vehicles with Minuta stating, “Patriots are storming the Capitol…so we’re en route in a grand theft auto golf cart to the Capitol building right now…it’s going down guys; it’s literally going down right now Patriots storming the Capitol building…”

Once they arrived, Minuta aggressively berated and taunted law enforcement officers in riot gear guarding the perimeter of the Capitol near the East side of the building. At 3:15 p.m., Minuta and James forcibly entered the Capitol building through the same east side Rotunda doors through which their alleged co-conspirators had entered earlier.

They then stormed the building, wearing military gear. Minuta additionally wore hard-knuckle tactical gloves, ballistic goggles, a radio with an earpiece and bear spray. Video captures Minuta yelling at an officer: “All that’s left is the Second Amendment!” as he exited the building at 3:19 p.m. Not long after 4:00 p.m., individuals who breached the Capitol – including James, Minuta and many of their alleged co-conspirators – gathered together approximately 100 feet from the Capitol near the northeast corner of the building.

Occupation(s)

Leader of Oath Keepers Alabama Chapter

Litigation Details

DOJ Case Number:

1:21-cr-28

Charges

  • Conspiracy;
  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting;
  • Restricted Building or Grounds.

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    Arab, Alabama | March 9, 2021
  • Charged

    March 31, 2021 "Charged via third superseding indictment issued 3/31/21."
  • Charged

    August 4, 2021 "Fifth superseding indictment issued 8/4."
  • Charged

    May 26, 2021 "Fourth superseding indictment on 5/26/21."
  • Trial

    January 31, 2022 "Jury trials set for 1/31/22 at 10 am and 4/4/22 at 10 am. Defendant remains on personal recognizance."
  • Charged

    January 12, 2022 "New case filed, indictment, 1/12/22 Seditious conspiracy and other charges in new case that also encompasses earlier charges."
  • Pleaded

    March 2, 2022 "Pleaded guilty 3/2/22."

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Oath Keepers

    23 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • Leader of Alabama Chapter of Oath Keepers Pleads Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy and Obstruction of Congress for Efforts to Stop Transfer of Power Following 2020 Presidential Election

    Published on March 2, 2022 Read at US Department of Justice
  • Oath Keeper Affiliates Charged in Superseding Indictment for Conspiracy Leading to the U.S. Capitol Attack

    Published on April 1, 2021 Read at US DOJ

Affiliated People (10)

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    • Charged

    Roberto Minuta

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Southern District, New York
    • Charged on June 22, 2022
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    • Charged

    • Subpoenaed

    Stewart Rhodes

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Granbury, Texas
    • Charged on June 22, 2022
    Occupation
    • Oath Keepers
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    • Charged

    Kelly Meggs

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Middle District, Florida
    • Charged on June 22, 2022
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    • Charged

    Kenneth Harrelson

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Titusville, Florida
    • Trial on January 31, 2022
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    • Charged

    Jessica Watkins

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Dayton, Ohio
    • Charged on June 22, 2022
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    • Charged

    Joseph Hackett

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Sarasota, Florida
    • Charged on January 12, 2022
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    • Charged

    David Moerschel

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Fort Myers, Florida
    • Charged on June 22, 2022
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    • Charged

    Brian Ulrich

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Guyton, Georgia
    • Pleaded on April 29, 2022
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    • Charged

    Thomas Caldwell

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Charged on June 22, 2022
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    • Charged

    Edward Vallejo

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Phoenix, Arizona
    • Charged on June 22, 2022

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