Judge refuses to dismiss courthouse takeover case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has refused to dismiss an indictment against a Georgia man charged with traveling armed to East Tennessee to possibly take over the Monroe County Courthouse after a grand jury refused to indict President Barack Obama.

The judge in Knoxville denied a defense motion contending that charges of transporting a firearm in furtherance of a civil disorder and using a firearm in relation to a violent felony crime charge Darren Wesley Huff of Dallas, Ga., twice for the same conduct.

Huff's attorney did not return a message seeking comment Monday.

Huff is accused of threatening to take over the courthouse at Madisonville after a grand jury foreman refused to indict the president on charges related to proof of his birthplace.

The case is set for trial Aug. 16.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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