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FBI Returns Wedding Ring to Head of Michigan Militia

Hutaree members- Stone Sr. is in upper left hand corner /southern poverty law center photo By Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The wedding ring has been returned.

The leaders of a Michigan militia, who was acquitted in a high-profile case in Detroit that involved allegations of killing cops and revolting against the government, has finally gotten his wedding ring after two years, Ed White of the Associated Press reported.

The feds had seized the ring from the Hutaree militia leader David Stone Sr. along with other items including credit cards and military-style gear. Stone, his wife Tina and five other members were acquitted of the charges of revolting against the government.

On Friday, Stone and his wife Tina parked a pickup and trailer outside a fed building in downtown Detroit where the FBI is housed and collected their belongings — including the ring and military gear — from FBI employees, AP reported.

The acquittals in March were a major embarrassment  to the federal government. Defense attorneys all along had said the case was bogus. The feds insisted the threats and the plotting were real.

 

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In Wake of Failed Case: Detroit U.S. Atty. McQuade Vows to Try and Prevent Terror Attacks

U.S. Attorney McQuade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The federal prosecution of a Michigan Militia known as the Hutaree imploded this week in downtown Detroit when a fed judge tossed all the charges that the group of seven conspired to revolt against the government and shoot cops. Two ended up pleading guilty to minor gun charges.

It was an embarrassment to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

But on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Barabara McQuade vowed to try and prevent terror attacks, the Detroit News reports. And she responded to criticism from the Hutaree leader David Stone Sr who said the government trampled on his First Amendment rights.

“He can say ugly and hateful things all day long, but the evidence was not just speech,” McQuade said, according to the News. “It was stockpiling weapons, machine guns, 150,000 rounds of ammunition and targeting specific police officers.

“I am a great defender of the First Amendment — this went way beyond the First Amendment. I want to assure the public that our commitment to preventing terrorist attacks will not be deterred.”

But the News reported that one juror said the feds overstepped in this case.

“They overstepped a little bit. It wasn’t there,” said juror Rickey Randall, 58, of St. Clair Shores, according to the News. “It was just a lot of talk, talk, talk and no action.”

“We were all on the same page,” said Randall, a retired construction worker. “They saw what I saw. I felt it was an overreach. I was shocked by what the government presented.”

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Defense Wants Mistrial in Mi. Militia Case; Claims Prosecution Withheld Evidence

 

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT –– The federal trial involving a Michigan militia known as the Hutaree has raised questions about the right of free speech and what constitutes talk versus reality.

Defense attorneys claim the government has overstepped on the case. The government insists there was serious talk of killing a cop and trying to revolt against the government.

On Wednesday, the case got a little more complicated when defense attorneys asked for a mistrial, saying the prosecution of withholding evidence that might be beneficial to their clients.  There are seven of them on trial.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the defense said the evidence involved info it discovered last week. That info at issue was that the undercover FBI agent who had infiltrated the Hutaree was the handler for New Jersey, right wing, racist shock jock Hal Turner who worked as an informant for the FBI, helping collect info on hate groups and White Supremacists. The prosecution claims the info is not relevant to the case.

Turner, 48, was charged in June 2009 for writing Internet postings proclaiming “outrage” over the pr0-gun control, handgun decision  by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer and wrote: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.”

His postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address, and room numbers of these judges. It also included a photo of the building they worked in and a map with its location, authorities said. He was sentenced to 33 months after being convicted. Jurors deadlocked in the first two trials, but the government prevailed in the third.

Turners defense, which apparently worked in the first two trials — or worked enough to raise doubts in some jurors’ minds — was that the FBI had encouraged him to take his racist rhetoric up a notch to help them with a case involving the murder of a Chicago federal judge’s family members.  The defense apparently felt that info might be helpful while cross examining the undercover FBI agent to see what, if anything, he might have done to encourage hateful rhetoric within the Hutaree group.

The FBI apparently thought the killer might be a white supremacist, Turner’s target audience. Perhaps Turner might be able to draw the person out.

So Turner said he obliged and said at the time the judge was “worthy of death”. Last summer, he posted on the Internet the photos of three Chicago federal judges who upheld a gun ban and wrote that they too were “worthy of death”.

 

Best Man at Militia Wedding Ended Up Being FBI Informant

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Next time you might want to think twice before you have a guy named “Jersey Steve” as the best man at your wedding.

The Detroit Free Press reports that ring leader David Stone Sr. of the Hutaree militia in Michigan grew so fond of his friendship with a trucker named “Jersey Steve” that he named him the best man at his wedding.

On Monday, Jersey Steve, aka Steven Haug, who was an FBI informant, testified in the federal trial in downtown Detroit of Stone, his wife, two sons and three others, the Free Press reported.

The group is accused of plotting to overthrow the government with guns and bombs.

Defense attorneys have claimed there’s nothing to the charges.

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Fed Trial Slated to Begin This Week for Mich. Militia Group Accused of Plotting to Kill Cops

Member of Michigan Militia That Plotted to Kill Cops Pleads Guilty

Hutaree members charged in case. Clough is pictured in the last photo on the right on the top row. /southern poverty law center photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A member of a southeast Michigan militia known as “Hutaree” pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a plot to use explosives against local and fed law enforcement, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Joshua Clough admitted guilt on the same day an FBI report on the group was released. The report concluded that the name “Hutaree” was made up by the son of a ringleader and had no meaning, the Free Press reported.

Clough was one of nine members charged in the case and accused of trying to overthrow the government.

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Mi. Undercover FBI Agent Used Bogus Name on Militia Leader’s Marriage Certificate

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An interesting thing happened on the way to the alter: An undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Hutaree militia in Michigan ended up signing the marriage certificate for the group’s leader using a bogus name, the website AnnArbor.com reported.

The site reported, citing an FBI 302 report, that the undercover agent was the best man at the small wedding of group leader David Brian Stone and his wife Tina Stone in 2009.

The FBI report said the agent signed the certificate so “not to cause a questionable scene” at the wedding at the bride’s home in Jefferson Township, Mi., AnnArbor.com reported.

Stone and eight other members of the militia face federal charges in Detroit of conspiring to kill cops and trigger a revolt against the government.

Attorney Jackie Garris of Ann Arbor, who specializes in family law, told AnnArbor.com that the marriage would still be valid despite the bogus signature.

Wayne State University Law School professor and former federal prosecutor Peter Henning told the website that the agent’s signature shouldn’t cause problems for the government.

“Normally, undercovers are not instructed to commit any illegal acts,” Henning said. “I would certainly believe this would fall into the area of permissible conduct an undercover could engage in.”

Fed Court of Appeals Rules 5 Christian Militia Members Too Dangerous to be Set Free

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Looks like the U.S. Court of Appeals agrees with federal prosecutors that some members of the Christian militia called the Hutaree are too dangerous to be set free pending trial.

The federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the leader of the Michigan-based group David Stone Sr. and four other members should stay behind bars for now, the Detroit News reported.

“We find that each defendant poses a danger to the community and that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of the community,” the appeals court said, according to the Detroit News.

U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts had ruled earlier that the members could be released on home detention, the News reported. Federal prosecutors had earlier agreed to let four other defendants in the case  go free pending trial.

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