An appeals court panel Monday extended an order requiring thatÂ nine members of the Hutaree militia remain in jail pending the outcome of theÂ government's appeal of a lower court order freeing them until their trial.
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.
In a secretly recorded audiotape, the alleged ringleader of anÂ anti-government Michigan militia expresses anger over the "new world order" and the "brotherhood," of law enforcement officers.
Federal prosecutors are fighting to keep behind bars eight Michigan militia members accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the U.S. government.