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. Alexander

    This has nothing to do with free speech. These people would never have been arrested, let alone charged, if there were no evidence of a terrorist conspiracy beyond angry words.

    If this were an Islamic group, its members would be held without bond. Call it "Christian" and suddenly everything changes. Well, folks, if these nuts get weapons after they're released, don't be surprised if they launch an attack– and don't complain about it, either, if you supported this judge's decision. These people are extremely dangerous and only a fool would release them on bond. They have nothing to lose now, so I wouldn't be the least bit surprised by anything that they might do after they're freed.

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

    Most of these comments are so disturbing and so disappointing. Besides the usual low-brow name calling ("Repulblitards," har, har) and weak logic, how difficult is it to understand that we are all supposed to be presumed innocent? Bail is set because of this basic right. Do you geniuses believe that only the guilty are arrested and charged? Do you really think YOU have enough information at this point to accurately determine guilt?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Blue

    The Miami Seven went to jail for having a big mouth as well. They were all bark and no bite. Let's see if the same justice system works the same for these guys or is our justice not blind after all.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DGHankins

    They deserve what that get. Children should not play with guns.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Q. Public

    Thumbs Tom, thumbs.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    I agree with #77. Most of these comments are absurd. How could you possibly link theHutaree with republicans and the Tea Party? Where is the connection? Most of the posters here have an agenda: Bash conservatives. They don't care how they do, or if it has any basis in reality. Are you alleging that releasing the Hutaree is some sort of complex Republican/Tea Party conspiracy? Really?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. American History 101

    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.

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation

    May 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rivirivi

    This is my cent on the free speech issue: THE JUDGE IS AN IDIOT!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    Do you know these people? How do you know they are dangerous? They haven't attacked anyone since their inception... why now under surveillance and I'm sure 24/7 patrols... who knows, maybe even drones? You need to catch up on your history. Government uses our media, which loves to blow everything out of proportion and make it seem like we're all going to die! all the time!!! ( killer bees, west Nile, Mad cow, earthquakes, tsunamis, meteors, etc) Every chance they get to scare you and keep you watching so you'll watch another 2 or 3 commercials they do. Then you can research the outcomes of all this non sense and maybe one day you and the rest of the ignorant public might realize that nothing ever comes of any of it. So next time your freaking out, step back and take another look at it... you probably don't have anything to worry about except your rights disappearing as these things happen.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anonsmom

    How is this any different then the militia in new york that asked southpark to stop making fun of their religion? Both either need to be stopped or let go as free of speech states. ???

    May 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John D. Hater

    Shawl is good to be whyite!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John Q. Public

    Look out American History here come the Red Coats!!! Lol

    May 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    Let's face it, these people aren't Americans they are domestic terrorists. Since when does free speech include the stockpiling of weapons, ammunition, explosives and combat training?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Minnesotan

    How is it OK and a victory for free speech from the wingnut Republicans out there that claim the KSM trial should be a military tribunal to keep those terrorists from having the same rights. If its terrorism it should all be handled the same way.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve G

    For all of those posting about "free speech", you have missed the boat. These people were not arrested because of speaking freely about their hatred for the government. They were arrested for CONSPIRACY to commit a violent act against the government. Much different.

    While I appreciate the law of posting bond as we are all innocent until proven otherwise, these folks appear too dangerous to let loose prior to trial. What have they got to lose? I don't see this going well at all. What could this judge possibly be thinking?


    May 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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