Two men were acquitted in the first trial pertaining to a plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan in April. A jury couldn't reach a verdict for two other suspects, who will be tried again.
Two men remain charged for conspiring to kidnap the Michigan governor. Here's what could happy to Barry Croft Jr. and Adam Fox.
"The governor was never in any danger," a defense attorney said after the trial's verdict was handed down. But others called the acquittal of two men "scary."
The attorney for Brandon Caserta, one of two men acquitted for an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, says the leader of the state was never in danger.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office has issued a statement following the acquittal of two men in the plot to kidnap the governor.
Two of four men charged with planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer have been acquitted on all charges while verdicts could not be reached on the other two suspects.
A federal jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has found two suspects in the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer not guilty and is deadlocked on two others.
U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker disclosed that the jury had asked for sticky notes. He also told lawyers that two jurors saw him outside the courthouse. Their reaction: “Wow, you look so different without your robe,” the judge said.
Jurors did return to the court room Monday to ask for the definition of a "weapon" but otherwise gave no indication of the progress of their work.
The jury is now deliberating in the trial of four men accused of plotting to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. But there a lot of different factors that go into the decision-making process.
The 15-day trial covered a range of accusations, featured testimony from defendants and those who pleaded guilty for reduced charges, and got heated at times between the two sides.
The last day of the trial featured perilous testimony from one of the alleged plotters, who could have exposed himself while on the stand.
Daniel Harris, 24, said he was a former Marine who wanted to maintain his infantry skills when he joined a militia, the Wolverine Watchmen.
A major pitfall in arguing entrapment by the defense is that it means admitting to jurors the client did indeed commit the alleged crime. Jurors will need to be convinced they to would have acquiesced to committing a major felony under the right amount of deceit and pressure.
Key evidence over 13 days of trial came from two undercover FBI agents and an informant who was among the extremists for months and made hours of secret recordings. Two men who avoided trial by pleading guilty provided critical testimony last week.
A man involved in the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot is accused of writing posts on social media about hanging governors.
The agent, known as 'Red' joined key members of the group on a 2020 trip to Elk Rapids to look at Gretchen Whitmer's vacation home and a nearby bridge they could blow up.
Ty Garbin testified against some of the men he says he plotted to kidnap the governor with on Wednesday during the trial. The goal was “to kidnap the governor,” he told a prosecutor.
After the Michigan Supreme Court struck down COVID-19 restrictions, Adam Fox, the alleged leader of the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, sent a group chat asking other members 'when's the lynching?'
Dan Chappel, 35, was an Army veteran who said he simply went from looking for camaraderie in gun-rights groups to winning the confidence of the men and recording their conversations.