GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Defense attorneys want to dismiss the indictment against five men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of what they described as “egregious overreaching” by federal agents and informants, according to a court filing.
The defense lawyers allege that this 20-page motion was filed Saturday evening. FBIAgents and federal prosecutors created a plot and held people captive who might face life imprisonment. They’re asking U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker to dismiss the conspiracy charge, which would effectively knock down the federal government’s case and other connected charges, according to The Detroit News.
The request comes after developments and claims about the government’s team, including the convictionRichard Trask was an FBI Special Agent who was initially arrested for domestic violence. He was later fired, and then convicted of misdemeanor.
“Essentially, the evidence here demonstrates egregious overreaching by the government’s agents, and by the informants those agents handled,” defense attorneys wrote. “When the government was faced with evidence showing that the defendants had no interest in a kidnapping plot, it refused to accept failure and continued to push its plan.”
Five people are charged with kidnapping conspiracyThe trial will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 8. The defendants pleaded not guilty, claiming they were being entrapped.
Federal prosecutors suggested that the men were not trapped. According to the government, they were upset about coronavirus restrictions that prevented them from working. conspired to kidnap WhitmerDemocrat Annie even scouted her new home in northern Michigan. Messages left Sunday with the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Justice weren’t immediately returned.
Ty Garbin (26 years old) was named as the sixth man in January. pleaded guiltyShe is now serving a 6-year sentence in federal prison.