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Prosecutor: Militia Members Should Remain Behind Bars

Wed., July 10, 1996, midnight

Members of the Viper Militia should be kept behind bars because they might retaliate against infiltrators, a prosecutor argued Tuesday. Defense attorneys said the group was a danger only to the dirt in the desert where they blew up homemade bombs.

“It appears like these folks like to play army,” defense attorney Patrick McGillicuddy argued during the third day of a detention hearing for 12 members of the militia group.

The hearing should conclude today with arguments from remaining defense attorneys for the militia members, who were arrested July 1 and charged with conspiracy. Some face additional weapons charges.

The group’s members now may be inclined to carry out oaths they took to retaliate against government agents, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick Battista argued.

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