Saturday, September 23

Jurors reach verdict in Gov. Whitmer federal kidnap conspiracy trial

Grand Rapids — Jurors said Friday they have reached a verdict on some counts in the case against four men accused of plotting to kidnap and hurt Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but are locked on others.

Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker announced the development just before 11 a.m. Friday and encouraged jurors in federal court in downtown Grand Rapids to keep deliberating in hopes of reaching a unanimous verdict.

“It is not unusual to come back somewhere along the line of deliberations and say ‘we tried, but couldn’t get there,'” the judge said. “At least not on everything.”

The trial has lasted 20 days, including 13 days of testimony and approximately 35 hours of jury deliberations spanning five days. Jurors — six men, six women, all white — heard hours of closing arguments and instructions Friday after testimony and a multimedia case from the government.

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