© 2022 WXPR
Mirror of the Northwoods. Window on the World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Openings set in Michigan Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot trial


Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of four men who prosecutors say plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Prosecutors have said the men were angry about pandemic restrictions the Democratic governor imposed.

They are expected Wednesday to lay out a case that includes secret recordings of the men discussing the plan.

Defense attorneys say the men deny any conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer.

They have signaled an entrapment defense, criticizing the government’s use of undercover FBI agents and confidential informants.

Eleven women and seven men were selected Tuesday to serve as jurors, with 12 who will decide the case and six alternates.

The court did not make clear which jurors are alternates.

The trial in federal court in Grand Rapids could last more than a month.

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.