Defense plans more opening statements in militia trial

Defense: militia more like "social club"

Published On: Feb 14 2012 06:37:07 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 14 2012 08:52:20 AM EST
DETROIT -

Jurors are expecting to hear more opening statements from defense attorneys before evidence is presented in the case against seven members of a Midwest militia.
 
With so many defendants, opening remarks are taking longer than usual in federal court in Detroit. Three attorneys want to speak Tuesday.
 
Members of the Hutaree militia are charged with conspiring to attack the authority of the U.S. government through violence against local law enforcement. The group was based in southern Michigan's Lenawee County.
 
Defense attorney Todd Shanker told jurors Monday that guns, ammunition and trash talk doesn't add up to an overthrow of government.
 
The government planted an undercover agent in the group and also relied on a paid informant to build its case.