Ed Brayton
The Michigan Messenger
April 28, 2010

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As a U.S. District Court hears an appeal of the bond denial for members of the Hutaree Christian militia that face charges of domestic terrorism, the judge in that case blasted federal prosecutors for not having an FBI agent prepared to answer questions at a Tuesday hearing on the matter. The Detroit News reports:

Special Agent Leslie Larsen, the agent in charge of the case in which nine people are accused of plotting to kill police officers and wage war against the U.S. government, did not know the answers to many of the questions she was asked and did not have her notes with her.

“I share the frustration of the defense … with all of the responses that are coming from this witness that she doesn’t know anything,” said U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts.

Roberts said she told prosecutors late last week that they should be prepared to have an agent called to testify at Tuesday’s hearing, so she couldn’t understand why Larsen didn’t learn she would testify until shortly before the hearing began.

Judge Roberts is expected to rule on the bond question on Wednesday.

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