2 people acquitted in conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; Jury standoff over 2 others

On Friday, the jury members gave a partial verdict in the case of four men. conspiracy charge For kidnapping Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Two of the defendants were acquitted of all charges, while the jury struck a deadlock on the two other defendants, resulting in misdemeanors in those cases.

Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were both found not guilty. The charges against Adam Fox and Barry Croft, Jr. were declared “no verdict” and Judge James Jonker ruled wrongly in those cases.

On Friday morning, the jurors sent a note to the judge saying they had agreed in many cases but in other cases the impasse remained. The judge sent them back to continue their deliberations, encouraging them to “take another look, a new look”. But several hours later the jury said they were still unable to reach a verdict in some cases.

The jury, made up of six men and six women, selected a foreperson last week and began deliberations on Monday after two weeks of primary prosecution testimony. Fox, Croft, Harris and Caserta were charged with conspiracy, accused of being outraged by prosecutors. COVID-19 Sanctions imposed by Democratic governors and sought to ignite civil war.

Three people were also charged with weapons. two other defendants previously convicted and cooperated with investigators.

LR: Brandon Caserta, Barry Croft, Adam Dean Fox and Daniel Harris.

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“They were filled with anger,” Kessler told the jurors. closing argument on last fridayDay 15 of trial in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “They were mad because they knew what they were doing was wrong and they were afraid they might be caught.”

According to trial evidence, the men were arrested in October 2020 amid talk of raising $4,000 for the explosives that blew up the bridge and police after the kidnapping. Fox traveled to northern Michigan to explore the area twice.

only one respondent, Harris chose to testify in his defense, and the four men deny any plans to bring Whitmer to his vacation home. Defense lawyers say they were under the influence of informers and agents who told them to say and do violent, provocative things.

Fox’s attorney, Christopher Gibbons, said Fox was a helpless man who lived in the basement of a Grand Rapids-area vacuum shop, smoked marijuana whenever possible and was completely unable to lead a wild conspiracy.

“The plan was complete bullshit. It wasn’t real to Adam Fox. He was larping,” Gibbons said, using an acronym for live action role playing. “Adam Fox is usually impaired. He’s just playing his game. … No one can accidentally engage in a plot.”

Lawyers for Harris and Caserta insisted that no one accompanied Croft and Fox to Elk Rapids to survey Whitmer’s home.

Defense attorney Julia Kelly said Ty Garbin and Caleb Franks, who testified against the group, are “liars,” although they pleaded guilty and are facing prison.

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Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were found not guilty. After the jury deadlocked on the charges against Adam Fox and Barry Croft, Jr., they were declared “no verdict”, the judge had ruled wrong in those cases.

On Count 1: Conspiracy to kidnap: Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta both pleaded not guilty.

On count 2: Weapons of mass destruction: Daniel Harris was found not guilty

On Count 3: Possession of an unregistered destructive device: Daniel Harris was found not guilty

On Count 4: Possession of a short barrel rifle: Daniel Harris found not guilty

Cassandra Gauthier contributed to this report.

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