Detroit Evening Report: April 8, 2022: None of the defendants in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are convicted


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None of the four defendants in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have been convicted. Jurors have acquitted two defendants of all charges in a plot to kidnap the governor but couldn’t agree on a verdict for the two others. The verdicts were read today at the federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were acquitted. The jurors could not agree on verdicts for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. Defense attorneys portrayed their clients as weekend warriors prone to wild talk, who were often stoned. They said FBI undercover agents and informants tricked the men into agreeing to a conspiracy. Prosecutors entered evidence that the men discussed abducting Whitmer before the FBI sting began.

Other headlines for April 8, 2022:

  • Detroit Department of Transportation wants more cameras on buses
  • Judge orders the demolition of the deteriorating Packard auto plant in Detroit
  • April is Arab American Heritage Month
  • Fireworks are back in Detroit after a two-year break due to COVID-19
  • Cats and dogs are available for free adoption through the Detroit Animal Care

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.