Defender Faults FBI on Pretrial Publicity in Alleged MN Antipolice Terror Plan


Minnesota public defender Andrew Mohring accused authorities of violating federal court rules on pretrial publicity in the arrest of Buford “Bucky” Rogers, who authorities says planned a terror attack on the Montevideo, Mn., Police Department. Rogers wa arrested on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. “I can't recall a situation where I've seen as much pretrial publicity,” he told U.S. Magistrate Jeanne Graham.

The U.S. attorney's office has made no reference to terrorism, but the FBI issued a news release saying “The FBI believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel.” Rogers is a member of a group called the Black Snake Militia. Federal sources have said the group was talking about targeting the Montevideo police station. Prosecutor Charles Kovats told Graham that his office followed the rules and he would do his best to get others from the prosecution team to follow them.

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