Another "Domestic Terror" Failure: Hutaree Militia Acquitted on Most Charges

Detroit News reports:

A federal judge acquitted seven members of the Hutaree militia Tuesday of the most serious charges following six weeks of testimony in a high-profile terror case.

On the second anniversary of the Hutaree arrests, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted a defense motion Tuesday to acquit the militia members on seven charges, including seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. The most serious charge could have resulted in life prison sentences.

She ordered the trial to continue against Hutaree leader David Stone Sr. and his son, Joshua Stone, on weapons-related charges....

The judge said the government's case was built largely on circumstantial evidence.

"While this evidence could certainly lead to a rationale fact-finder to conclude that 'something fishy' was going on, it does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendants reached a concrete agreement to forcibly oppose the United States government," Roberts wrote.

The judge's order cannot be appealed, said Peter Henning, a former prosecutor and current law professor at Wayne State University. That would constitute double jeopardy.

"Ultimately, this was a case that was all talk and no action," Henning said. "This is a blow to the government. They put a lot of resources into this case. It demonstrates how difficult it is to prove conspiracy cases that have not advanced very far."...

Defense attorneys sought acquittals Monday, saying prosecutors failed to show proof of a conspiracy to commit rebellion. They admitted there was plenty of offensive talk about police and the government but all was protected by the First Amendment.

I blogged on the beginning of their trial last month, and their arrest in March 2010, and Jesse Walker contextualized "The Myth of the Menacing Militias" in May 2010.

I asked "Where's the Terror?" on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and it's still an apt question.

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  • Rob||

    It's funny how the judge threw this out, but The Philly Black Panthers voter intimidation case that was caught on camera wasn't even investigated. Yet Obama is arrogant enough to try and renominate Racist Holder again (assuming he is re-elected).

  • Auntie Meme||

    I know where you live, Mary.

  • shrike||

    You fucking idiot Fox News clown.

    There was never an intimidated voter found in the Philly example. Its pretty hard to bring voter intimidation charges without a victim.

  • Man Holding Club||

    ^ What he say!

  • Fluffy||

    I do have to say that the voter intimidation claims in the Black Panther case were a bit ridiculous.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Wasn't for a lack of trying, Fluf. Those hateful cocksuckers sure gave it a shot.

  • Man Holding Club||

    Where da white wimin at?

  • Clinton supporter||

    There was never an intimidated voter found in the Philly example. Its pretty hard to bring voter intimidation charges without a victim.

    We haven't dragged a dollar through a trailer park yet.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Walk up to the NBPP and offer to help them, shrike. I'm sure they'd be more than willing to use you for something.

  • NBPP||

    Even though you're taking our side, shrike, you're a cracka and we'd STILL whip your white ass just for breathing.

  • Eric Holder||

    I didn't see anything.

    Just in case you DO beat him up. That way, I have plausible deniability.

  • ||

    You're kidding right? Do you really think there is nothing wrong with someone standing arms crossed in an aggressive stance while holding a billy-club outside the door of a voting site booth and making comments to voters regarding black power and down with whitey? Really?

  • shrike||

    Are you thinking what we're thinking?

  • Auntie Meme||

    D-

  • John||

    Mary broke my brain.
    My bran
    m

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    They admitted there was plenty of offensive talk about police and the government but all was protected by the First Amendment

    Yay! A brief respite from the governmental encroachment of our civil liberties. More judgements like this, please!

  • Liber-Anarchic Performance Art||

    ^
    Behold the magnificence!

  • shrike||

    Man bundled away for anti-communist protests at Pope's Mass in Cuba

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....1q3qEomD2A

  • shrike||

    I enjoy my spoofs!

    It means the redneck GOP is losing here.

  • Anyway||

    Spoofs. It's what's for blogging.

  • Anyway||

    Not that you are not a lefty-narcissist buffoon.

  • Paul||

    I enjoy my spoofs!

    It means the redneck GOP is losing here.

    I call double-spoof. Lack of christfags etc.

  • shrike||

    Yes, I coined that term among others.

    I am not "term bound" though. I have more I have not thought of yet.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I'll bet you cheered when he got dragged off to whatever hell awaits him at the hands of Castro's goons.

  • Castro's Goons||

    We'd be nice to Comrade shrike... we would only beat him lightly.

  • Federal Government||

    Don't worry. Next time we'll just drone strike their asses.

  • AP||

    Yay!!

  • ||

    "forcibly oppose the United States government"

    Yeah, why even contemplate forcibly resisting your increasingly despotic government when the only thing going wrong is that everything that was and still is good and just about your country is slowly being butt-fucked out of existence by that government?

    No, let's just get on our knees and suck the cock of the federal titan. That ought to solve our problems.

  • Tony||

    No, let's just get on our knees and suck the cock of the federal titan

    PRESENT!!!!

  • Paul||

    They admitted there was plenty of offensive talk about police and the government but all was protected by the First Amendment.

    If we can put a college kid into jail for ten years for saying something kind of shitty a few days before someone else commits suicide, the first amendment can kiss my ass.

  • ||

    Fuck the northeast.

  • ||

    This place just ain't the same since John lost his brain an' ever'one got spooked over lawyer-soots and such. Ah miss them ruff 'n' tumble daze of libertar'an libel an' sheep-fuckin' revenewers. Wharz Epiziark? Wharz Sugarfree? Dang, thoze liberulz spoilt everthing!

  • juris imprudent||

    The tears of the SPLC are sooooo delicious.

  • Mo Dees||

    Our next report on hate groups is going to declare anyone right-handed to be a threat to the nation.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    You've already done that, Mo. The various state "fusion centers" bought your bullshit, too.

  • CatoTheElder||

    "While this evidence could certainly lead to a rationale fact-finder to conclude that 'something fishy' was going on ..."

    FIFY?

  • CatoTheElder||

    Or is it, "While this evidence could certainly lead to a rational fact-finder to conclude that 'something fishy' was going on"?

    Hard to say ...

  • Hit n Run Lifers||

    We're on strike!*

     

    *till A.M. Links

  • Mr. FIFY||

    You rang, Cato?

  • SPLC||

    Remember: People who support the Fair Tax, ALL have bomb-making equipment in their homes.

    Every. One.

  • LilDebbie||

    Remember: Everyone has bomb-making equipment in their homes. Most are unaware.

  • ||

    lol, people taking this terrorist nonsense WAY too seriously.

    www.Anon-Works.tk

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