May 3rd, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Judge: Accused milita members can get bond

Nine people federal prosecutors say belong to a "Christian warrior" militia can be released on bond until the criminal charges against them are resolved, a judge has ruled.

A federal grand jury has indicted the nine on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

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  1. To The Edge

    Whether you agree with Hutaree or not, this is a huge victory for free speech.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Yea, and a victory for people conspiring to kill others.

      May 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in FL

    I sense another Ruby Ridge in the making....

    May 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scott Peters

    Help me understand: "A federal grand jury has indicted the nine on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence"

    AND THEY GET BONDED OUT? Free speech ir not- this is insane!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. named yes

    either we have laws or we don't... if we apply them selectively then we don't... and why the hell does cnn REQUIRE me to provide my name?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    Releasing people that have made it clear they have every intention of killing law enforcement personnel sounds like an excellent idea. I'm sure this will end well.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ein vogel frei

    this case looks perilously close to fbi entrapment – the fbi agent that infiltrated the group was the only one who knew how to make bombs, initiated/encouraged the "let's make a bomb" conversations. There has been no evidence shown of an active plot, only loose talk.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rodger Lodger

    It is not a requirement that you be familiar in the case to comment, only that you have a big mouth and like to sound off in bars. The facts are at the detention hearing all the government could present were recordings of conversations along the lines of the government is no good, should be blown up, etc. Nothing planned, no time or place or method named, no target named or described, just a bunch of loud mouth talk like some of the comments above.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott Peters

    We have people imprisoned ('dentained") in Guantanamo for suspected terrorism and here we bond out folks who have articulated their intent to harm fellow Americans. What a disgrace!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ricky

    I would have never given any of them bond. These people live in there own twisted world, they are dangerous & don't fit in society. This goes well beyond free speech...

    May 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Justice786

    Just change the name "Christian" Militia to "Muslim" militia, and the judge would never have let them see the light of day until their trial.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john

    well the judge had all information available to him/her (elements of the crime, and the strength of evidence, etc...) and made a decision. His /her decision probably better informed and less politicized than public opinion in this case.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. david

    The comments on these stories are what keep me coming back. It's almost as good as watching "reality tv". A bunch of idiots arguing about something they don't know about, as if they are all experts. Its great!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rob

    innocent until proven guilty! A grand jury indictment is not the same as a criminal conviction. The judge made the right call.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. IggyDad

    Can you IMAGINE if this had happened with a group of Islamic terrorists???!!! The Party that hates partying, aka The Party of No, would be screaming for this judge's head. And Obama's too, of course. Instead, it's a "free speech" issue. So you should go to jail if you burn a flag, but not if you plot to murder police officers....

    May 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Edwin

    I would have thought they would be a flight risk, but if the judge thinks they should be released, I will trust the judge.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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