Judge Rejects Request To Dismiss Charges In Governor Kidnapping Plot

From the Associated Press — A judge has rejected claims of entrapment and declined to dismiss charges in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Judge Robert Jonker says it will be up to the jury in March to consider key issues of credibility. Five men are accused of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat, in 2020, because of their disgust over COVID-19 restrictions. Some are also facing weapons charges. The men claim they were illegally influenced by rogue agents and informants. A sixth man, Ty Garbin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to slightly more than six years in prison. Prosecutors say he will be a star witness at trial in federal court.