Rights of the Accused

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Rights of the Accused (called ROTA for short) was a Chicago band from approximately 1982 to 1991. The band was well known for their wacky live shows and funny lyrics. At some point around 1985 or so, the band's sound went from more of a punk sound to a metal sound.


  • Michael O’Connell, Vocals
  • Jay Yuenger, Guitar
  • Anthony Illarde, Drums
  • Brian St. Clair, Drums
  • Herb Rosen, Bass
  • Steve Steppe, Bass
  • Wes Kidd, Guitar

Life After ROTA

Many of the members of ROTA went on to notable careers in other arenas.

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