Judge acquits Hutaree militia members of conspiracy charges

By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press
Mar. 28, 2012

DETROIT A federal judge Tuesday acquitted seven Hutaree members of all conspiracy charges, concluding the government didn't have enough evidence that the group plotted a violent revolt that included killing a police officer and bombing a funeral.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts dismissed all charges against five of the defendants. Illegal weapons charges remain against two defendants: the supposed ringleader, David Stone Sr., and his son Joshua Stone.

[...]"There was no case. There was no conspiracy," Rataj said, further claiming the case was the result of overzealous federal agents.

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