- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 4, 2010

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has suspended a decision that would have freed nine members of a Michigan militia from jail while they await trial.

Late Monday, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted a request by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to delay their release. Prosecutors have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to tell the judge whether they will file an appeal. Judge Roberts said prosecutors must provide a detailed explanation of why they think their appeal can succeed.

The nine members of the southern-Michigan-based Hutaree group have been charged with conspiracy to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the government.

Prosecutors say they are too dangerous to be free. The judge disagreed after a two-day hearing last week, and the nine were to have been released Tuesday.


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