Last month POAM wrote a blog covering the Hutaree Michigan Militia raids. Since then all 9 members have been incarcerated awaiting their trial. It was on Monday (May 3rd) that U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ordered the release of the Hutaree freed on bond. Despite the objections from federal officers, Roberts believes the Hutaree members have the right to venomous and hateful speech and this is protected by the first amendment.
Let us keep in mind that this is the same group of nine people that are awaiting trial for being charged with seditious conspiracy, attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. On top of this, there is also evidence linked to a devised plan to engage a war on government and law enforcement officials.
Based on the public’s interest of her decision made on Monday, Roberts has delayed the release until Wednesday, May 5th. She has given prosecutors until 5 p.m. May 5th to tell her whether or not their will be an appeal on her original decision.
“The United States is correct that it need not wait until people are killed before it arrests conspirators,” Roberts said in her decision. “But, the defendants are also correct: Their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.”
If the militia members are released, Judge Roberts has imposed two-dozen bond restrictions that would limit each individual from going back out and starting this all over. To start, each individual will be on house arrest and be required to live an electronic monitoring and curfew. The members will also be required to hand over any and all firearms and permits that go with it. Also they have to turn over all of their firearms and permits that go with them. They are also not allowed to have any contact with co-defendants or other militia groups. Still, does that justify the fact of ruling for their release? We will find out at 5 pm today (May 5th) of what the decision will be. What are some of your guys’ thoughts on the topic? Please feel free to share your comments with us, we appreciate your feedback.