DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that nine Michigan militia members, including Jacob Ward of Huron and Kristopher Sickles of Sandusky, must stay locked up while the government challenges an order that would release them until trial.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Monday that it was continuing a temporary stay of a Detroit U.S. district court’s decision to free the Hutaree members pending trial.
The decision is at least a temporary victory for prosecutors, who claim the nine are a risk to the public. They’re charged with conspiracy to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the government.
U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts had ordered electronic monitors and set many strict conditions for their release from jail. The militia members have been in custody since late March.
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