Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Judge acquits white militia members of sedition, conspiracy
DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday acquitted seven members of a U.S. Midwestern militia group of all major sedition and conspiracy charges against them, two years after the FBI began arresting them following a long undercover surveillance operation.
The seven, members of a group known as theHutaree, were accused of plotting to kill law enforcement officers as a way to incite a wider rebellion against the U.S. government.
Defense attorneys had argued their actions were protected by their First Amendment free speech rights.
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