Defense Lawyer: Alabama Militia Raids Overblown
Posted Apr 27, 2007 7:52 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A lawyer for one of six alleged militia members recently arrested during an early-morning sweep in Alabama reportedly says the affair -- in which 2,500 rounds of ammunition, hundreds of hand grenades and a machine gun were confiscated -- was "much ado about nothing."
Scott Boudreaux's client, a major in a group called the Alabama Free Militia, is being held without bond, along with at least four other members of the group, on federal charges of conspiring to make a firearm, according to the AP. A sixth man is facing a firearm possession charge. All are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
Prosecutors admit the paramilitary group had no intended target, according to Boudreaux, but others interviewed for the article say the stockpiling of such an enormous arsensal of munitions by a fringe group is worrisome.