US jury convicts two of conspiring to kidnap Michigan governor

  

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Via:  hallux  •  one month ago  •  12 comments

By:   AL JAZEERA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

US jury convicts two of conspiring to kidnap Michigan governor
In a second trial, the defence argued unsuccessfully that the two men were entrapped by the FBI in a Whitmer kidnapping plot.

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A US jury has convicted two men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor   Gretchen Whitmer   in 2020, a swift victory for prosecutors in a foiled plot that was described as a rallying cry for a United States civil war by anti-government ideologues.

Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr were also found guilty on Tuesday of conspiring to obtain a weapon of mass destruction, namely a bomb to blow up a bridge and stymie police if the kidnapping could be pulled off at Whitmer’s vacation home.

Croft, 46, a trucker from Bear, Delaware, was also convicted of another explosives charge. The jury deliberated for roughly eight hours over two days.

It was the second trial for the pair after a jury in April could not reach a unanimous verdict after five days. Two other men   were acquitted   and two more pleaded guilty and testified for prosecutors.

The result was a big win for the US Department of Justice following the shocking mixed outcome last spring.

“You can’t just strap on an AR-15 and body armour and go snatch the governor,” Assistant US Attorney Nils Kessler told jurors.

“But that wasn’t the defendants’ ultimate goal,” Kessler added. “They wanted to set off a second American civil war, a second American Revolution, something that they call the boogaloo. And they wanted to do it for a long time before they settled on Governor Whitmer.”

The investigation began when US Army veteran Dan Chappel joined a Michigan paramilitary group and became alarmed when he heard talk about killing police. He agreed to become an FBI informant and spent the summer of 2020 getting close to Fox and others, secretly recording conversations and participating in drills at “shoot houses” in Wisconsin and Michigan.

The FBI turned it into a major domestic terrorism case, with two more informants and two undercover agents embedded in the group. Evidence showed the group had many gripes, particularly   COVID-19 restrictions   imposed by Whitmer early in the pandemic.

Fox, Croft and others, accompanied by the government operatives, travelled to northern Michigan to see Whitmer’s vacation home at night and a bridge that could be destroyed.

Defence attorneys tried to put the FBI on trial, repeatedly emphasising through cross-examination of witnesses and during closing remarks that federal players were present at every crucial event and had entrapped the men.

Fox and Croft, they said, were “big talkers” who liked to smoke marijuana and were guilty of nothing but exercising their right to say vile things about Whitmer and the government.

“This isn’t Russia. This isn’t how our country works,” Croft attorney Joshua Blanchard told jurors. “You don’t get to suspect that someone might commit a crime because you don’t like things that they say, that you don’t like their ideologies.”

Fox attorney Christopher Gibbons said  the FBI  isn’t supposed to create “domestic terrorists”. He described Fox as poor and living in the basement of a Grand Rapids-area vacuum shop, which was a site for meetings with Chappel and an agent.

Whitmer, a Democrat, has blamed then-President   Donald Trump   for stoking mistrust and fomenting anger over coronavirus restrictions and refusing to condemn hate groups and right-wing militias like those charged in the plot.

Trump recently called the kidnapping plan a “fake deal”.

On Tuesday, Whitmer, who is set to face off against a   Trump-backed candidate   in her bid for re-election in November, said the verdicts “prove that violence and threats have no place” in US politics.

“Plots against public officials and threats to the FBI are a disturbing extension of radicalized domestic terrorism that festers in our nation, threatening the very foundation of our republic,” she said in a statement.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    one month ago

Oops! Must have been the beard ...

256

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1  Kavika   replied to  Hallux @1    one month ago

LOL, perfect.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Hallux @1    one month ago

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Kavika
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3  Kavika     one month ago

Dumb and Dumber doing hard time.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @3    one month ago

hey militia meat, I'm sure those guys with the swastika tattoos want to be your new friends...

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4  bbl-1    one month ago

Gee, but didn't the Trump just say that the accusations, the charges and the conspiracy to take out Whitmer were fake?  And why does the Trump have such an affinity for members of American society that are a threat and a danger to the society?  Anybody know why?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.1  Gsquared  replied to  bbl-1 @4    one month ago
Anybody know why?

Birds of a feather flock together.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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5  MrFrost    one month ago

Not to judge a book by it's cover but....dude on the right looks like his family tree has no branches. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
5.1  bbl-1  replied to  MrFrost @5    one month ago

No MENSA there.  Just MAGA rot.

 
 
 
shona1
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5.2  shona1  replied to  MrFrost @5    one month ago

Arvo Frosty...I was thinking similar thoughts...They don't look the sharpest tools in the shed...

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  shona1 @5.2    one month ago

Looks have nothing to do with it, they are the sharpest tools in the shed.

 
 
 
RU4Real
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5.3  RU4Real  replied to  MrFrost @5    one month ago

He kind of has that Ralph Kramden smirkish look

 
 

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