You'll be seeing a lot of news about the trial of seven militia members accused of plotting a violent uprising against the government in the coming weeks.
Their trial got underway today in U.S. District Court in Detroit with Judge Victoria Roberts presiding.
A little background - nine Hutaree militia members were arrested in March of 2010.
Prosecutors say they were plotting to kill an unidentified police officer in April 2010, and to follow up that attack with more attacks on officers gathering for a funeral for the police officer.
A federal grand jury indicted the nine "on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence."
One of the nine initial defendants, two are not part of this trial:
- Joshua Clough of Blissfield, Michigan made a deal with prosecutors and could be called as a witness during the trial.
- Jacob Warn of Huron, Ohio was found temporarily incompetent to stand trial. He's expected to be tried later.
Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected during a final round of jury selection this morning in Detroit.
Judge Victoria Roberts told those chosen that the job is a "heavy responsibility."