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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Freemen Chief in Court

JORDAN, Montana () -- Richard Clark, leader of the anti-government group involved in a standoff with U.S. federal agents at a remote Montana ranch, was arraigned in federal court Monday but refused to accept a lawyer or acknowledge his own name.


Two other leaders of the self-styled "Freemen" were arrested last Monday, an event that prompted about two dozen members, believed to be armed with rifles and semi-automatic weapons, to take refuge on Clark's former family farm.


On the Montana ranch, the standoff entered its second week Monday with more than 100 FBI agents and local law enforcement officers keeping watch on the 390-hectare ranch.


Several of those in the farmhouse have been charged with the same crimes as the three in custody. The three have been charged with writing bad checks that defrauded businesses and public agencies of more than $1.8 million, threatening the life of a federal judge and stealing television equipment. The judge entered a not-guilty plea on Clark's behalf.