It was more than cold as the town’s 13 electors gathered in the cavernous unheated community hall for an emergency meeting of the Homeland Security Committee, called pursuant to orders issued by the mayor.
Since their capture, only one of nine people charged has struck a plea deal, an unusually low number in a case with so many defendants. Their attorneys have maintained a consistent stance: The anti-government talk was simply colorful yet aimless bluster akin to frustrated pals drowning sorrows around a campfire.
The four men entered their pleas at a bond hearing at a federal courthouse in north Georgia. Prosecutors said for the first time that the men talked of assassinating U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, as well as other officials. The men had stockpiled 52 guns and 30,000 rounds of ammunition, including bullets meant for sniper rifles at the home of Frederick Thomas, prosecutors said.
Authorities thought their dayslong manhunt for a fugitive former anti-government militia leader was reaching a climax as they closed in on a remote Montana forest camp Wednesday after hours of surveillance.
Matthew Brown and Nicholas K. Geranios
, June 15, 2011
A judge ordered today that nine jailed members of a Michigan militia be released, saying there's no risk to the public if they go home while awaiting trial on charges of trying to plot war against the government.
Federal agents investigating what they describe as a Christian militia bent on violence against police seized suspected crack cocaine and steroids, weapons, gas masks and a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches during raids of members' homes last month, according to search warrant records.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the last of nine members of a Christian militia group charged with plotting to kill police will be arraigned in a Detroit federal court today.
, March 30, 2010
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