JUSTICE – The role of undercover FBI agents seems to have weighed in the jury’s decision
It is a bitter failure for the prosecutor’s team. Two far-right activists accused of plotting to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were acquitted on Friday by a jury in this northern US state, which could not rule on the guilt of the other two defendants.
After a month of trial in the federal court of Grand Rapids and five days of deliberations, the jurors acquitted Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, without being able to reach a unanimous verdict for Adam Fox and Barry Croft. Judge Robert Jonker therefore declared the trial void for the latter.
The four men were part of a group violently opposed to the restrictive measures adopted by the governor to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, and which wanted to start a “civil war” in the United States, according to the prosecution, by kidnapping the leader and judge her for “treachery”.
Their arrest in October 2020 illustrated the growing threat posed by radical right-wing militias, which was then confirmed during the assault on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. Several members of far-right groups were indicted for their role in the attack on the headquarters of the United States Congress.
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