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Judge Denies Bid for New Trial In Whitmer Kidnapping Case

Promo Image: Sentencing Dates Released for Adam Fox, Barry Croft

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial request by two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Lawyers for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. alleged misconduct by a juror and unfairness by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker following their conviction by a federal jury in August.

Jonker in a written ruling Friday shot down claims of juror misconduct and said he found “no constitutional violation and no credible evidence” to convene a new hearing.

Whitmer was reelected Nov. 8 to a second term.

She was never physically harmed in the plot, which led to more than a dozen arrests in 2020.