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article imageHutaree Group Acquitted

By Joseph Corica     Mar 28, 2012 in Crime
In March of 2010 Digital Journal covered the FBI raid and subsequent arrest of nine members of the militia group Hutaree. Yesterday, the conspiracy charges against the group were dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ruled that the evidence was not sufficient to convict anyone in the group of planning to forcibly oppose the authority of the US Government.
The Detroit Free Press reports
Tuesday's acquittals come days after the government rested its case with videos of bomb explosions.
Those acquitted could have faced up to life in prison if convicted.
This acquittal comes as a blow to the Department of Homeland Security's "War on Terror", as increasingly controversial tactics evoke privacy concerns in the face of a domestic terrorist threat that critics claim is non-existent. A conviction here could have gone a long way towards legitimizing many of the broad powers granted by the Patriot Act and other post - 9/11 legislation.
Instead, the trial's results yield yet another non-threat, leaving the FBI resembling the boy who cried "wolf".
However, there is hope that the FBI could get some kind of a conviction out of the Hutaree debacle, as illegal weapons charges remain against two of the Hutaree members.
Click Here for the original DJ article on Hutaree's arrest.
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