Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to stand trial again

The men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov.  Gretchen Whitmer to stand trial again

Michigan Gov. will be tried again after failing to reach a jury verdict earlier this year on the alleged mastermind of an extremist plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer and start a civil war ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

A federal judge in August set a trial date for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. on Thursday after denying their attorney’s request to be cleared of conspiracy and weapons charges.

“We don’t know what the jury was thinking. … Suffice it to say here that a rational jury could still go against Mr. Fox, go against Mr. Croft, even Mr. Fox. may also consider the result with respect to [Daniel] Harris and Mr. [Brandon] Caserta,” said US District Judge Robert Jonker, citing two alleged co-conspirators who were found not guilty.

Prosecutors alleged that Fox and Croft were part of a paramilitary militia group called the “Wolverine Watchmen” that planned to kidnap Whitmer at her holiday home because of the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations enacted by the 50-year-old Democrat. Disturbed by the mandate.

According to officials, the defendants also reportedly planned to take over the Michigan Statehouse, which they hoped would spark a second American Civil War and stifle the Joe Biden presidency.

A deadlocked jury failed to indict or acquit domestic terrorism suspects in April, when defense lawyers argued that FBI agents had infiltrated the group and implicated them in a treacherous plan.

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Fox and Croft are accused of trying to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer because they were upset by COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.
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Officers alleged that Croft, Fox, and undercover agents went to Whitmer’s home to survey the property in the dark prior to the planned kidnapping, and had used a badly constructed “shoot house” to practice robbery.

Two other suspects, Ty Garbin and Caleb Franks, pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy. Garbin was sentenced to six years in prison, and Franks had yet to ascertain his fate and was expected to testify at an upcoming trial.

Eight other suspects were indicted in a state court.

with ap wires

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