Prosecutors urged the judge to look at the full range of evidence, not just particular statements by the defendants.
"Any time law enforcement learns of the intent to harm the unsuspecting public, it can't simply stand by and wait and hope nothing happens," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet told Roberts.
Defense attorneys argued that none of the defendants have significant criminal histories, and several have relatives willing to serve as third-party custodians if bond is granted.
Roberts made no decision at the hearing, but said she will release a written opinion soon.
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