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Judge won't dismiss courthouse riot charges

An East Tennessee judge has refused to dismiss charges against a military retiree and a former militia group member accused of causing a riot at a courthouse after a grand jury refused to charge President Barack Obama with treason. Circuit Judge Jon Blackwood refused to dismiss felony and misdemeanor charges that include civil-rights intimidation, inciting a riot, disrupting a meeting and disorderly conduct. Blackwood dismissed a defense motion contending that retired Navy Lt. Commander Walter F. Fitzpatrick III, 58, of Monroe County and former Georgia militia group member Darren Wesley Huff, 40, of Dallas, Ga., were indicted by a "tainted" grand jury process. The judge said they will go on trial Dec. 1.

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