Hutaree had No Plan or Target ... No Clear and Present Danger Proven
Saturday, November 27 2010 @ 01:14 PM CST
Contributed by: Richard DttNWO
Lawyer: Hutaree members had no plan, target
Robert Snell / The Detroit News
Detroit— A Hutaree member's lawyer said today the government is close to trampling on the Constitutional rights of the militia members accused of plotting to kill police officers and spark an uprising against the U.S. government.
There was no plan and no target identified by nine Hutaree members facing federal charges, said lawyer Todd A. Shanker of the Federal Defender Office. Shanker and other lawyers representing militia members urged U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul J. Komives to schedule a pretrial hearing to weigh the admissibility of evidence, which prosecutors say would be time consuming, unnecessary and a process best held during trial.
After reviewing recordings and other evidence turned over by federal prosecutors that he said failed to implicate his client, Shanker was left wondering "Where's Waldo?"
The Stones and seven other alleged followers of the Lenawee County-based group were indicted in March. Charges include seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.
Six of the nine defendants attended today's hearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, some in prison uniforms and under guard. Others, like Stone Jr., who is free on bond, sat in a courtroom gallery with supporters.
The case is not about First Amendment rights, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheldon Light said. The case is about seditious conspiracy, using weapons of mass destruction and force to oppose the government.
Despite Shanker saying the government's evidence was "weak," Light said Stone Jr. attended a June 2009 training session and a demonstration on the use of explosive devices.
"There's Waldo," Light said.
~ DttNWO ~ Ecclesiastes 3:3