Update: The judge's ruling is here. Selected quotes have been added below.
After a six week trial, a federal judge in Detroit has acquitted 7 members of the Hutaree militia group charged with terror offenses.
Only weapons charges remain against the supposed leader, David Stone and his son Joshua.
On the second anniversary of the Hutaree arrests, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted a defense motion Tuesday to acquit the militia members on seven charges, including seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. The most serious charge could have resulted in life prison sentences. She ordered the trial to continue against Hutaree leader David Stone Sr. and his son, Joshua Stone, on weapons-related charges.
Congrats to Jim Thomas, Bill Swor and the rest of the defense team. [More...]
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Nine people arrested over the weekend believed to be connected to an extremist Christian Militia have been charged in federal court in Detroit.
Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group have been indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government uprising.
In court filings unsealed Monday, the Justice Department accused the nine people of planning to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer, then plant improvised explosive devices of a type used by insurgents in Iraq to attack the funeral procession.
The Indictment (available here) was returned on March 23 and unsealed today. According to the Times: [More...]
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