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4 US militia suspects plead not guilty in court

4 US militia suspects accused of plotting attacks with ricin, explosives plead not guilty By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) ' Four suspected members of a U.S. militia charged with plotting attacks against government officials have pleaded not guilty.

The men appeared at a federal courthouse Wednesday. Prosecutors allege they talked of assassinating U.S. Attorney General and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, among others.

Prosecutors have accused 73-year-old Frederick Thomas and 67-year-old Dan Roberts of conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer. Authorities also charged 55-year-old Ray Adams and 68-year-old Samuel Crump with conspiring and attempting to make ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal.

If convicted, the men could face more than a decade in prison.

Attorneys and relatives of the men say the charges are baseless.

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