Defense In Hutaree Case Asks For Mistrial

March 26, 2012

Defense attorneys are requesting a mistrial in the case of a Michigan militia accused of sedition. Federal officials charged members of a group calling itself the Hutaree with plotting to commit violent acts and cause an uprising against the government. Defense attorneys counter that the Hutaree simply engaged in speech that many would find offensive…but is still protected FREE speech. Now the defense is requesting a mistrial because they say the federal prosecutors withheld information that an undercover agent watching the Hutaree had also served as the handler for an informant who specialized in hate speech – the kind the Hutaree engaged in. Defense attorneys argue that information could have opened other avenues for them to investigate. Prosecutors say the information is not relevant to the trial.