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Oath Keepers militia group founder Stewart Rhodes was once a promising Yale Law School graduate. Rhodes was born in California and spent time in Nevada and once secured an Arizona Supreme Court clerkship. But Rhodes' deep distrust of government and thirst for greatness led him down a different path. Rhodes built one of the country’s largest anti-government militia groups with members who'd eventually storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The 57-year-old Rhodes and four others tied to the group head to trial this week on charges of seditious conspiracy. It's the most serious charge leveled by the Justice Department in its far-reaching prosecution of Capitol rioters.
A former director of Mississippi’s welfare agency has pleaded guilty to misspending tens of millions of dollars meant for needy families. The charges are part of the largest public corruption case in the state’s history. John Davis has agreed to testify against others in the case. A state court judge gave Davis 32 years in prison. Davis remains on house arrest until his federal sentencing in February. Davis was an influential figure in a scandal that has produced criminal charges against several people, including pro wrestler Ted DiBiase. The scandal also raised questions about retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.