Seven members of a militia in the US state of Michigan have been acquitted of sedition and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
Prosecutors argued the Hutaree group plotted to attack police, but defence lawyers said it was merely a case of hateful comments. No attack took place.
An FBI informant had recorded conversations with the militia leader, David Stone, leading to the arrests.
Weapons charges are still pending against two of the defendants.
US Attorney General Eric Holder had once described the group as a “dangerous organisation”.