The January 6 Project

Proud Boys Trial Diary

By Roger Parloff
Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 4:39 PM

Among the more than 940 federal criminal prosecutions arising from the Jan. 6 insurrection to date, the seditious conspiracy trial of five top members of the Proud Boys organization could well be the most important and informative of all. Accordingly, I am chronicling this historic trial, minute-by-minute, via this live-blog.

In a ten-count indictment, the government alleges that five Proud Boy defendants—then-chairman Enrique Tarrio, Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl, and Dominic Pezzola—conspired to oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force. In a novel legal theory, prosecutors argue that these five defendants manipulated and enlisted other rioters—including both Proud Boys and non-Proud Boys—to act, in effect, as their “tools” to effectuate the conspiracy’s goal. In this manner, the defendants allegedly played crucial roles in toppling key barricades, penetrating key police lines, and breaching key Capitol building windows and doors, making the assault on the U.S. Capitol a reality. 

The live-blog will run each day that the trial is in session with the most recent day at the top. You can read my past work on the Jan. 6 criminal prosecutions, including my coverage of the Oath Keepers trial, on Lawfare here.

Day 14, February 2, 2023


Day 13, February 1, 2023


Day 12, January 31, 2023


Day 11, January 30, 2023


Day 10, January 26, 2023


Day 9, January 25, 2023


Day 8, January 24, 2023


Day 7: January 23, 2023


Day 6: January 20, 2023


Day 5: January 19, 2023


Day 4: January 18, 2023


Day 3: January 17, 2023


Day 2: January 13, 2023


Day 1: January 12, 2023