May 14, 2010
With much media fanfare, 9 members of a Michigan militia were arrested last March and charged with "seditious conspiracy"--specifically, plotting to murder law enforcement officers. Ostensibly, this was supposed to precipitate some kind of wholesale revolt against the government. Question: Have any of you heard anyone from the propaganda press corps (national news media) tell you what has been happening with this case? No? Did you not wonder why? Well, I'll tell you why: the case has fallen apart.
"Even the judge who must decide whether to release the nine until trial was puzzled.
"'I share the frustrations of the defense team . . . that she doesn't know anything,' U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said after agent Leslie Larsen confessed she hadn't reviewed her notes recently and couldn't remember specific details of the case."
See the report here.
Can you believe testimony such as this was given in a court of law by a supposedly intelligent federal officer--an agent who had supposedly compiled the evidence that was used to arrest and incarcerate these supposedly "dangerous militia members"? If it wasn't so serious, this would be a joke! FULL STORY
For those not familiar with dealing with our Government employees in the Judicial branch, this is pretty standard for the clerk of the court to deny and defy their own procedures. This case will eventually go to a jury trial. My question is, will these nine people have an aware and fully informed jury, or will they have a hand picked puppet jury that will rubber stamp the Government's case for them?
Appeals Court: No emergency review to release Hutaree
From The Detroit News:
Paul Egan / The Detroit News
A federal appeals court says an "en banc review" is not available for a three-judge panel's order to keep nine Hutaree militia defendants behind bars pending a government appeal of an order to release them.
The clerk of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals removed from the docket an emergency request defense lawyers made Wednesday for a review of the panel's order by all the judges of the 6th Circuit. That's known as an "en banc" review.
Richard Helfrick of the Federal Defender Office, who filed the emergency appeal request on behalf of all the defendants, said he thinks the clerk of the court is mistaken and has made a "hyper technical" reading of the court rules.
He said he mailed letters today to all 25 judges of the 6th Circuit asking that they carry out the en banc review. FULL STORY
How A Jury Is Chosen:
The jurors have the power to ignore the court's instructions and bring in a not guilty verdict contrary to the law and the facts. Horning v. District of Columbia, 254 U.S. 135, 138 (1920).