- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DETROIT (AP) — Nine members of a Michigan militia will return to court Tuesday to ask a judge to release them while they fight conspiracy and weapons charges.

The eight men and one woman have been in federal custody since their arrests about a month ago. They are accused of conspiring to launch war against the United States from their base in southern Michigan’s Lenawee County.

The government says the group, called Hutaree, is an extremist organization.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts will hear appeals Tuesday against another judge’s order to keep the nine locked up until trial.

Prosecutors claim they are dangerous and might flee. Defense lawyers deny these claims and say their clients are being punished for being outspoken. The judge said they can call a federal agent as a witness.

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