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United States v. Stone

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
2012 WL 1034937 (2012)


The government charged nine members of a militant group including leader David Stone Sr. (defendants) with plotting to kill police officers to catalyze an anti-government uprising. The indictment charged the group with seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, and multiple firearms violations. Called the “Hutaree,” the group allegedly acquired guns and explosives, engaged in combat training, and planned to kill several local law enforcement officers. Stone thought the funeral would draw a thousand local and federal officers and allegedly planned to bomb the funeral procession. Most of the evidence involved training sessions with explosives and firearms and Stone making anti-government and anti-law-enforcement statements. In emails and conversations with other group members, Stone called one of his guns a “cop killer,” told others to “stand ready” to go to war against the ATF, said a shape charge could take out a convoy, and that he would need mortars to attack the funeral procession. However, most evidence focused on attacking the “Brotherhood” of local and federal law enforcement officers. No evidence referenced a widespread uprising against the United States government. After trial, the group requested acquittal on all counts.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)

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