Darren Huff (pictured right) took the stand today, the third day of his trial on federal weapons charges before U.S. District Court Judge Tom Varlan, charges that could carry a 7-year prison sentence. Huff, who was found carrying a pistol and an an assault rifle in his truck after declaring that he was on his way to make arrests of judges and other officials in Tennessee, testified that he did not touch the guns in his possession on that day and that violence was not his intent. His Colt .45 and the AK-47 were locked in the truck’s tool box according to Huff’s testimony Thursday.
Huff says he and 14 others were just going to protest the trial of birther Walter Fitzpatrick III and had no intent to use violence. On the other hand, he was in possession of a citizens arrest warrant for court officials, accusing them of treason. Huff was arrested some days later after not having actually committed any violent act, taking over the court house, or arresting anyone. Huff denied reports that he said he intended to take over the court house.
I never said anything about taking anything over.
Was he deterred by heavy police presence? Is Darren Huff a scary militia madman who poses a serious threat to public safety, or is he, as his attorney claims, just a guy who talks big? I’m surprised they didn’t charge him with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
The prosecution cross examines Huff tomorrow. Stay tuned for the verdict.
- Knoxville News Sentinel article
- Knoxnews.com coverage
- AP coverage of Huff trial October 19
- AP coverage of Huff trial October 20
- AP coverage of Huff trial October 21
- Obama Conspiracy Theories articles on Darren Huff
- Obama Conspiracy Theories articles on Walter Fitzpatrick III
The case has gone to the jury, who will begin deliberations on Darren Huff’s fate Monday.
In summary remarks, defense attorney Green said:
Sure, he’s a loudmouth. Actions speak louder than words, though, and these actions are not consistent with someone hellbent on getting to Madisonville to take it over. We’re not here today if he doesn’t run his mouth. Just because he’s a loudmouth and his views are different than yours does not mean you convict him.
Prosecutor Theodore responded:
It is because of his actions. There are so many people who have extreme political beliefs. It is what he did on April 20 and what his intent was on April 20.