As most observers expected the judge has thrown the most serious charges against the seven “Michigan Militia” members charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government.
Briefly quoting the “Washington Post” item linked above:
U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Only weapons charges remain against two of the defendants, who have been on trial since Feb. 13.
“The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level,” Roberts said.
If you are going to try to show a conspiracy you need to show there is at least some probability that the alleged conspirators have the ability to carry at least some part of their plot out. Apparently the DOJ did not do that, so out goes the cases. And when it is all said and done I would not be surprised if the weapons charges are also dismissed.
It is not against the law to own a gun and gripe about the gummitup.