April 2nd, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Judge orders Michigan militia members held in jail

A federal magistrate ordered Friday that eight people accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the U.S. government be held in jail pending their trial.

Magistrate Judge Donald Scheer said he was entering orders of detention for the members of the Michigan-based Hutaree militia.
He said the nature and circumstances of the charges led to his decision.

James Thomas, a lawyer for one of those charged, said that he would appeal the decision. Thomas said that the lawyers for at least three other defendants also will appeal the order.

Court-appointed defense attorneys argued Thursday that their clients do not pose a threat and should be released while awaiting trial.

David Brian Stone Sr., 45; his sons, Joshua Stone 21, and David Brian Stone Jr., 19; as well as the eldest Stone's wife, Tina Stone, 44, have been charged with seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Joshua John Clough, 28; Kristopher Sickles, 27; Michael David Meeks, 40; Jacob Ward, 33; and Thomas Piatek, 46, face the same charges.Piatek, of Whiting, Indiana, is being held in Indiana. The eight ordered held have pleaded not guilty.

-  CNN's Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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  1. Russ, Benton, AR

    The reason these people were arrested is because they are a threat, these lawyers should be ashamed for stating that if released they would no longer be a threat

    April 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zach

    There should be no bail for any terrorists.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LEO

    "Court-appointed defense attorneys argued Thursday that their clients do not pose a threat and should be released while awaiting trial." As soon as I stop laughing, I'll throw up. These maggot lawyers would rather see cops hurt or killed than their scum clients spend time in jail where they belong.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. REGIS

    Those terrorists should be sent to guantanamo and water boarded, that’s 8 less tea party members roaming our public roads. Taliban and right-wing Christians are the same inbreed freaks.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joshua Ludd

    You know... there is doing everything you can under the law for your client... and then there is doing something that is just plain insane. Fighting for bail... okay... appealing when it is denied for your client who has been charged with crimes that are basically terrorism, though?

    April 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lookingglass

    they should of accually commited a crime then maybe they would have got bail.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    They should be charged with Sedition, and add conspiracy to insight rebellion to that one as well.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rudy

    These people are just as much terrorists as any extremists being fought overseas. Even worse because they plot to do harm in there own country. Lock them up and throw away the key please.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Monbois

    What threat do they pose? All they did was plan to murder a police officer and then kill as many cops as they could at the officer's funeral! And no bail? Talk about injustice! What's THAT all about?! (You gonna eat the fat on your meat? 'Cause if not, I'm still kinda hungry...)

    April 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sanDiegoSusie

    "Court-appointed defense attorneys argued Thursday that their clients do not pose a threat and should be released while awaiting trial."
    Sorry, they do pose a threat: they are FELONY STUPID.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kris

    These are terrorists.

    They should be held in Guantanamo Bay, tried in military courts and jailed in the federal lock-up. After their prison term, deport them to England, Norway or some other European country.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnny Dangerous

    I must have missed the main story here.

    It's amazing that Sen Kennedy could get away with murder, celebrities can get bail for murder. But poor americans can not get bail for speaking their mind

    April 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 173rd

    we need militias more than ever now to help overthrow a hypocritical and very corrupt government...get em boys!

    April 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Batz

    And you know whats funny? The fact that the US thinks that they are better that the other countries and that they can handle anything that comes their way and when suddenly a group of terrorists comes into play....we don't call them terrorists anymore, we call them "extremists".

    April 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
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