DETROIT (AP) -- After a full day of arguments, a judge needs more time to decide whether to dismiss key charges against seven members of a Michigan militia accused of plotting to wage war against the government.
Defense attorneys sought acquittals Monday, saying prosecutors have failed to show proof of a conspiracy to commit rebellion. They admit there's plenty of offensive talk about police and the government but all is protected by the First Amendment.
Detroit federal Judge Victoria Roberts signaled that it's a tough decision. Near the end of the day, she said it's unclear how speech "crossed the line" into something criminal. A ruling is likely Tuesday.
The government says the Hutaree wanted to kill a police officer and spark a broader rebellion. There was no actual attack.