March 31st, 2010
07:03 PM ET

Not guilty pleas for 8 Michigan militia members

Not guilty pleas were entered Wednesday in federal court in Detroit on behalf of eight militia members accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the federal government.

"This is not about militias or a group of militias, but about a group conspiring against the U.S. who have shared beliefs that the New World Order elitists are in charge and seek to have one world government and is working with the U.S. government," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet in his opening statement. "Any law enforcement officer is a foot soldier for the New World Order."

Throughout the proceeding, none of the eight defendants spoke. The seven men wore orange jumpsuits and the lone woman a green jumpsuit; all of their legs were shackled. Each stood silently next to their court-appointed attorneys as the judge entered pleas of not guilty on their behalf.

- CNN's Drew Griffin and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this story.

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  1. j graves

    Anti-government militia members are represented by lawyers funded by the state government.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bls23

    They have to, that's our constitution again. ...

    March 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jesus

    They are NOT anti-government more than they are PRO-GOD. Get it straight. Their message was being prepared for the return of Jesus, their problem is they wanted to hurry that day up... Although the topic itself isn't funny, you gotta chuckle a little at the idiotic ideals of the far right wing christian groups. They really believe the stuff their shoveling..

    April 1, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |