Darren Huff will have his day in court today, Jan 30, 2014. The hearing takes place at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH.
Darren Huff was convicted by a jury of his peers for violation of statute that prohibits the
“transporting firearms across state lines with the intent to cause a civil disorder,”
There is no doubt that Huff transported firearms across the state lines. As to his intent, various people testified as to what Huff had told them. Now, it could very well be that Darren was just spouting off anger, however the Jury was convinced that the Government had proven the necessary components to find him guilty of one count of the indictment.
Let’s hope that our friend manages to convince the Court, however, the Court will only look at errors of fact or law, which reduce any hopes of success.
Good luck my friend.
Darren Huff volunteered much of the information that led to his conviction
MR. HUFF: They had heard that there was going to be this grand takeover of the courthouse. And the FBI, in fact, came to my house the evening prior to question me about it, and I told him, “Yeah, we’re going up there to support Walt and possibly help him in effecting the citizen’s arrest and whatever we need to do.” So he asked me, “We’ve heard about guns and possibly an AK-47,” and I told him, “I’m taking them. I’m legal, the guns are legal; I have a right to defend myself, so yeah, they’re going.” And he never arrested me.
Source: The Post and Email “Man Facing Federal and State Charges in Monroe County, TN stemming from Fitzpatrick Case”, November 11, 2010
HT: Crooks and Liars
“What we do intend is to effect some legal citizens’ arrests” @5:20
Huff has described himself as a member of the Georgia militia and Oath Keepers, a part of the so-called “birther” movement that disputes President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship. Before his arrest, he told the FBI and authorities in Tennessee that he was going to Madisonville to support Walter Fitzpatrick in trying to arrest local officials.
Source: CBS News October 25, 2011
A bank manager interviewed by the FBI said Huff told him in April that Fitzpatrick was falsely arrested. The bank manager also said that Huff said he was in the Georgia Militia and there was a plan for eight or nine militia groups to “take over the city” of Madisonville on April 20, according to the news report.
Huff was interviewed by FBI agents at his home on April 19. He told the agents he planned to travel to Tennessee to get Fitzpatrick’s charges dropped. He said he’d be taking his hand gun and AK-47 rifle with him. Huff assured the agents there would be no violence unless he was provoked.
Source: SPL Center
From the Government Appeal Brief
Defendant gave hints about that second phase to two employees at the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in Hiram, Georgia, on April 15, 2010. That day, Shane Longmire was working as the bank manager and Erica Dupree was one of the tellers. (R. 209, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1445, 1447, 1470.) Both individuals were familiar with Defendant because he had been a regular customer of the bank since 2005 and had recently expressed anti-government sentiment. (Id. at PageID# 1445-46; R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1470-71.)
That morning, however, Defendant made comments that were “out of the ordinary.” (Id. at PageID# 1452.) Defendant told Longmire and Dupree that, on April 20, 2010, he was going to Madisonville with members of the Georgia Militia to “take over” the city. (Id. at PageID# 1447-49, 1454; R. 210, Trial Tr. at 1471-74, 1485-86.) He explained that they were going there because Fitzpatrick had been “wrongly arrested.” (R. 209, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1448.) Defendant stated he was going to bring multiple guns, including an AK-47 rifle, and that he would be on the “front line.” (Id. at PageID# 1449; accord R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1471-73.) He also said that he would have an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the back of his truck. (R. 209, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1450, 1456; R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1473, 1480-82.) Defendant assured Longmire and Dupree that they would hear about the incident on the news. (R. 209, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1449; R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1472.)
As Defendant was speaking, Longmire noticed that Defendant had driven a different truck to the bank than the one he normally drove. (R. 209, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1451-52.) The new truck was painted camouflage and had a “Georgia Militia” emblem on the door. (Id. at PageID# 1452, 1456.) When Defendant left the bank, he told Dupree that it had been nice knowing her and suggested that he might not ever see her again. (R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1475.) Longmire and Dupree both believed that Defendant was serious and were so concerned by his statements that they each separately contacted law enforcement authorities. (R. 209, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1452-53; R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1472, 1475-78.)
To follow up on those reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Charles Reed spoke with Defendant at his residence on April 19, 2010. (R. 210, Trial Tr. at PageID# 1670-72.) Defendant confirmed that he was planning to go Madisonville the next day. (Id. at PageID# 1672.) Defendant explained that he intended to conduct some citizens’ arrests there. (Id. at PageID# 1678.) He said that he and other militia members would “try to take back” Madisonville and Monroe County and “possibly” even Tennessee and the United States. (Id. at PageID# 1672.) Defendant described the situation as “us against them,” with the “them” being government officials in Madisonville. (Id.)