Judge orders release of 9 Hutaree militia, says they were just using free speech

May 3, 2010
By Tracy R Twyman

The federal government’s case against the Hutaree militia, whom they attempted to set up with an elaborate plot involving an undercover provocateur posing as a mulleted hillbilly, is falling apart predictably. Even the judge isn’t buying it. From Detroit Free Press.

A federal judge in Detroit today ordered the release of nine members of a Lenawee County Christian militia group freed on bond over the objections of federal prosecutors.

“The United States is correct that it need not wait until people are killed before it arrests conspirators,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said in a 36-page decision. “But, the Defendants are also correct: their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech, is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.”

She said federal prosecutors failed to persuade her that the defendants must be jailed until trial.

Roberts said the defendants could be freed under house arrest on electronic tethers. They must surrender their concealed weapons permits, cannot apply for a license to purchase or carry guns and cannot drink alcohol or take drugs.

Judge orders release of 9 Hutaree militia | freep.com | Detroit Free Press.

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