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. d1120

    Wait until they take the next may be too late.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JakeOL

    If they were "Muslim" or a bunch of middle-eastern-looking guys do you think they'd get that bond? In fact, if they were "other-than-white" and the judge gave them bond, all the TEA-partyers would be up in arms talking about how the judge was "selling out this country" and that "liberal activist judges care more about terrorist than Americans" and all that B-S.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Sad, but 100% right.

      May 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Q. Public

    Common sense??? That is something that has died in this country. People with common sense are a minority now. Save yourselves from the brain dead zombie army of the Republican Fox news idiots!!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. angryvet

    I wonder if that judge will attend the funerals of the police officers these terrorists murder

    May 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JakeOL

    Funny how if white "Christian" folks make plans to "overthrow the government" it's "free speech", but if other ethnic groups do it, it's a "terrorist act". How much bond did "Jihad Jane" got for simply stating her opinions on a web site? These guys were training for warfare with guns...and it's not a terrorist plot? Go figure.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DahktaD

    The female undercover FBI agent couldn't substantiate the claims in her affidavit. The judge even warned her prior to the bond redetermination hearing to be prepared. She wasn't, repeatedly claiming she didn't remember or didn't have a chance to review her notes. Very poor investigative conduct, at best. IF these accused were in fact 'terrorists', her incompetence put them back on the street. On the other hand, did she actually have any evidence in the first place and was trying to make a name for herself through a concocted case, and these people are innocent? Something truly stinks with this case.

    Time and time again we have rogue agents making a name for themselves by falsely accusing someone of criminal acts.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tom

    Amendment 8 – Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Ratified 12/15/1791.

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ed

    It would have been interesting to hear what evidence was presented by the U. S. Attorney's Office and the FBI at the bond hearing. If this were a slam dunk case the judge would have denied bail. He did not. It would have also been interesting to hear what the bail was set at(maybe at a later hearing). If the bail amount is low, that may say something about the quality of the government's case.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    If these nine individuals were Islamic radicalists, I highly doubt they would be able to get out on bond. I guess only Christian radicalists can attempt to use weapons of mass destruction. So wrong.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tom

    Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike Swaim

    Looks like if the judge wants to set the bond and let these people out,,, then to me the public should hold the judge and others accountable for what ever they do.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John Q. Public

    Hey Tom when r u joining them in the right to bear arms and kill police officers?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cindy

    I agree with John Q. Public. We do have the right to bear arms, but that does not give us the right to plot to kill people.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cindy

    The only thing worse than terrorism is DOMESTIC terrorism.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JJWW

    There's a judge out there somewhere who will NOT be getting a Christmas card from his local law enforcement officers.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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