April 29th, 2010
01:47 AM ET

Ruling soon on alleged militia members' fate

A federal judge said Wednesday that she will decide soon whether nine alleged members of a Michigan-based anti-government militia should be released from jail on bond.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts finished a two-day hearing Wednesday but did not specify a date when she would rule on the defendants' dention, according to  CNN affiliate WDIV in Detroit, Michigan.

Charges against the alleged members of the so-called Hutaree militia range from conspiring to overthrow the government to attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.

Attorneys representing them said they should be released on bond until they face those charges in court.  But federal prosecutors argued that the defendants were a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Several of the defendants' family members said Wednesday that they would serve as "third-party custodians," making sure their relatives comply with rules if released, WDIV said.

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  1. NoNewsISGOOdNew

    Wowsers. good news here

    April 29, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. JMikey54

    I remember a certtain terrorist back a few years ago who eveded capture for several months hiding out in the mountains of Noth Carolina. Do we want to have to go looking for a group of armed militia the way we had to chase this one guy years ago?

    April 29, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. CK in SD

    I though militias were ok under the constitution...oh right not ones that advocate overthrowing the US govt.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. goldfinger

    Out on bond? Really? Why is this even an option for these heavily armed nutjobs?

    April 29, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    I do not advocate militas, or the violent overthrow of the government, however I believe these words say alot.

    When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another..........

    With those words we as a country did the exact same thing. It is hard to holier then thou when you have exibited the same actions in your own history.

    Again I don't adovocate their actions, but given the state the country is in I can understand them.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. derek

    hang these confederate wannabes...

    April 29, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. notasheep

    have they been found guilty? NO

    April 29, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. notasheep

    If they were in jail for sleeping with children you idiots would post their bond! They have been convicted of nothing!

    April 29, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. LookingGlass

    The Facist Police States of America, harassing American citizens that have commited no crime.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lonny

    "That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these needs,it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it,and to institute new Government" maybe time to make some changes

    April 29, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ken in NC

    Those that seem to be so dissatisfied with our country and the way our government is being run should pack up and go to another country. Let me suggest China or maybe North Korea. The last election was decided just like every election before it and that was by the votes cast withing the electoral college. If you accepted previous election results and cannot accept theis result then YOU have a problem. It is not the nation but YOU.

    I think people need to tone down much of the hateful talk taking place around this country today. It's not good for the country to stir up anger within the loons that will take it as a reason for violent actions. I know you will be the first to say you did not tell them to do it but you did tell them. You egged them on. You built the fire within them. You lit the fuse. You will have done all of that in the loonies because you are to chicken to waste your own life carrying out such stupid acts. Stop it people. Get a gripe on yourselves.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. David N

    Militias were necessary during the American Revolution, as we had only a minor standing army. Lines of communication and control were dependent on a network of such groups dotted around the countryside and in towns facing British and Prussian occupation. Militias were outward looking, that is, targeting foreign enemies. These were the groups given the right to bear arms. These guys in Michigan are not a militia in the true sense; they are a pack of grown up kids with real weapons and adults' accountabilities targeting an internal enemies - our government. I would deny them bond, and if they are truly a militia in constitutional terms, I would try them in a military court for treason. These people are equivalent to Taliban in Afghanistan: people within their own homelands attempting to usurp government power through violent means in order to enact their own misinterpretation of religious and social rules. That these militias have not yet done so only reveals their relatively small numbers, not their wishes and desires. These people are dangerous, without regard for those who think differently than them, and would kill you and your family simply because of your defense and allegiance to your government. They do not care that you and they, through the vote, have elected our government; they are bent on destroying it from within like so many third world coups groups have done when their preferences were not heeded. Then what? They destroy global america, weaken our economy and defense, opening the country up for others to invade, subvert, subdue and exploit. My solution? Make militias illegal by law and conscript the lot of them to Afghanistan and Iraq and Mexico put them to work.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. eat5

    love it or leave it, there is no revolution gooing on.

    deport them to afghanistan as civilians.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. jayman419

    The problem is not what these men wanted to accomplish. It is how they went about it.

    Things got crazy around the turn of the 20th century. So we, as a society, had to make a compromise. You don't organize into groups advocating violence and we won't let the man send the Pinks to crack your skull. This agreement was amended on May 4th, 1970.

    If they so desperately want to change the government then they should participate in the political process. Maybe if more of us paid attention to it, we wouldn't need these groups on the vanguard.

    Though, in general, I'm grateful to have militias around. I think Red Dawn was as important as the B-52 in America's defensive strategy.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
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