WASHINGTON, June 17 (AP) — A judge decided Friday that the trial of a lawyer for the far-right Oathkeepers extremist group will be postponed so she can get the treatment she needs to be mentally competent to stand trial.
Kellye SoRelle was indicted on conspiracy charges related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but prosecutors and defense experts found she was not entitled to a trial scheduled for July. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said the assessments predicted that three to four months of treatment could restore her capacity.
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She pleaded not guilty and was released pending trial in Texas. Defense barrister Horatio Aldredge agreed an inpatient treatment plan would be needed once a place became available. The attorney gave no details of her condition, and Aldredge’s office declined to comment further on her behalf.
SoRelle, who had served as the general counsel of the anti-government group, posed for a photo with leader Stuart Rhodes outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 and had attended a meeting in an underground garage the night before.
Rhodes has been convicted of sedition conspiracy and other charges and was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison, the longest sentence to be served during the riots. The garage meeting included Rhodes and Enrique Tarrio, the former president of the Proud Boys, who was also recently convicted of sedition.
SoRelle was also charged with misdemeanor charges of obstructing official process, tampering with documents, obstructing justice and entering the Capitol grounds. (Associated Press)
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