The federal judge presiding over the trial of seven member of a Michigan militia who were accused by prosecutors of plotting a rebellion against the government dismissed the charges on March 27 for lack of evidence. In granting the defendants' motion to dismiss, the judge said that secret recordings of their conversations were merely evidence of protected speech, not a criminal conspiracy.
Despite admitting that seven members of a Michigan militia did not have a "specific plan" to commit a crime, federal prosecutors claimed in court on March 26 that the defendants' conspiracy trial should continue. The arguments were part of an unusual move by the trial judge to hold a day of hearings before determining whether to dismiss the charges against the defendants. The case against one defendant in particular appears especially uncertain as it is not clear she actively joined the alleged conspiracy.