De­fense: Feds held key data in mili­tia case

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

DETROIT | De­fense at­tor­neys in the trial of seven Michi­gan mili­tia mem­bers want a mis­trial de­clared, claim­ing they should have been given de­tails about the past work of an FBI agent who in­fil­trated the group.

At­tor­neys found out this week that agent Steve Haug was the han­dler for a New Jer­sey man who was paid by the FBI to col­lect in­for­ma­tion on white su­prem­a­cists and hate groups, start­ing in 2003. The in­for­mant was a right-wing ra­dio host and blog­ger who made threats against crit­ics and public of­fi­cials while on the FBI pay­roll.

At­tor­ney Wil­liam Swor told a judge Wed­nes­day that prose­cu­tors had an obli­ga­tion to turn over ma­te­rial that could aid the de­fense. The gov­ern­ment says there was no vi­o­la­tion.

Mili­tia mem­bers are ac­cused of con­spir­ing to com­mit re­bel­lion.

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