Prosecutor: US Didn't Mishandle Militia Case

Mar 29, 2012

Detroit's chief federal prosecutor says her office wouldn't do anything differently in the investigation of a Michigan militia, despite losing virtually all of the case after a six-week trial.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says she "strongly" disagrees with a judge's interpretation of federal conspiracy law. She says the result won't stop her from protecting the public in similar investigations.

 McQuade spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, a few hours after Hutaree militia leader David Stone and a son pleaded guilty to a gun charge. Weapons violations were all that were left after U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted acquittals to the Stones and five others on more serious charges.
They were charged with plotting to use force to oppose the U.S. The judge says the evidence didn't fit.