Federal judge orders mental health care in Hutaree militia case

DETROIT (AP) -- One of nine people charged with conspiring to commit rebellion against the government has been found mentally unfit for trial in September.

Federal Judge Victoria Roberts said last Friday that Jacob Ward doesn't fully understand the charges against him. She says treatment for at least four months could make a difference.

Ward is from Huron, Ohio. He and other members of a group called Hutaree are charged with conspiracy and other crimes. They were rounded up more than a year ago, mostly in southern Michigan. Trial is set for Sept. 13.

Ward has been free on bond since May 2010.

Published: Tue, Jul 19, 2011

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