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Feds Defend Charges In Hutaree Case

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Federal prosecutors are defending the criminal case brought against seven members of a Michigan-based militia as a judge considers whether any charges should be dismissed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheldon Light conceded Monday there’s no proof of a “specific plan” to attack the U.S. government. But he says there’s much evidence in secretly recorded discussions to show the Hutaree militia wanted to draw in federal law enforcement by killing local authorities.

Militia members are charged with conspiring to commit rebellion against the government and other crimes.  The government said the Hutaree wanted to kill a police officer then attack the funeral as part of a domestic war.

The defense says they simply were “weekend warriors” who engaged in stupid, hateful speech, but nothing criminal.

There was no actual attack.

Jurors have the day off while defense attorneys argue for acquittal. Prosecutors rested their case last week.

Judge Victoria Roberts is pressing them to explain why the charge of seditious conspiracy fits against all seven.

MORE: Hutaree Trial Jury Views Video Of Bomb Tests

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