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EXPLAINER: 2 men in Gov. Whitmer plot could be tried again

DETROIT (AP) — A jury last week couldn’t reach an unanimous verdict for two men charged with a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It means the federal government can take Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. to trial again. A hung jury is unable to unanimously agree on whether someone is guilty or innocent. It could be just one person on the 12-member panel who disagreed with the others. Former federal prosecutor Mark Chutkow would be surprised if prosecutors fold, citing allegations of a violent plot against a governor. US Attorney Andrew Birge says his team will get back to work on the case. Two other men were acknowledged of all charges.


Michigan’s chief justice tests positive for COVID-19

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of the Michigan Supreme Court says she tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing cold-like symptoms. Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack said in a statement that she was tested Saturday and had notified the court’s other justices and other close contacts. McCormack says she is fully vaccinated and has had two booster shots. Court spokesman John Nevin said he knew of no current illnesses among the six other justices and that McCormack planned to follow COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. McCormack has been a justice on Michigan’s highest court since 2013 and became the chief justice in 2019.


Protesters seek video release from Michigan police shooting

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people joined a protest march during which family members of a man fatally shot by a western Michigan police officer called for public release of video from the confrontation. The mile-long march in Grand Rapids on Saturday followed Monday’s shooting death of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya, who police said fought with the officer after his vehicle was stopped over a license plate issue. Lyoya’s father, Peter Lyoya, said the family immigrated from the African country of Congo in search of a better life. Lyoya said “People need to fight for justice for Patrick.” Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom said Friday that he intended to release the video in the coming week.


Supply chain issues delay Michigan statehouse welcome center

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Supply chain issues have delayed the opening of the Michigan statehouse’s $40 million welcome center. Heritage Hall, the State Capitol’s underground visitor center, had been set to open in May. But the Lansing State Journal reports that Capitol Commission Executive Director Rob Blackshaw says the commission now anticipates it won’t open until late June. The delay is due to sourcing aluminum for the frames of glass panels on a curtain wall that’s part of the project. The 40,000-square-foot basement facility will offer a space for legislative events, private gatherings, student groups and tours by supplementing the Michigan State Capitol grounds.


With COVID mission over, Pentagon plans for next pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — US military medical teams deployed during the coronavirus pandemic brought back lessons as the Defense Department looks to see what worked and what didn’t. The teams were used to relieve exhausted civilian medical workers and provide care to what seemed to be an endless crush of COVID-19 patients. Overall, about 24,000 US troops were deployed for the pandemic, including nearly 6,000 medical personnel to hospitals and 5,000 to help administer vaccines. That mission is over, at least for now. And military leaders are taking stock so they will be better prepared for the next crisis affecting a large population.


Whitmer kidnap plot: 2 men acquitted, hung jury for 2 more

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted two defendants of all charges in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but couldn’t agree on a verdict for two others. The verdicts were read Friday at the federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were accepted. The jurors could not agree on verdicts for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. Croft is from Delaware and the others are from Michigan. Defense attorneys portrayed their clients as weekend warriors, often stoned and prone to wild talk. They said FBI undercover agents and informants tricked the men into agreeing to a conspiracy. Prosecutors entered evidence that the men discussed abducting Whitmer before the FBI sting began.


Accounts deceivable: Email scam costliest type of cybercrime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Business email compromise scams are a type of crime where criminals hack into email accounts, pretend to be someone they’re not and fool victims into sending money to unintended places. These crimes get far less attention than the massive ransomware attacks that have triggered a powerful government response, but BEC scams have been the costliest type of cybercrime in the US for years. The huge payoffs and low risks associated with BEC scams have attracted criminals worldwide. Some flaunt their ill-gotten wealth on social media, posing in pictures next to Ferraris, Bentleys, and stacks of cash.


In the outcome of Whitmer’s case, some see freedom, others danger

That a jury didn’t convict any of the four men charged with planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is further evidence of the political polarization in the US A defense lawyer for one of the men says it shows freedom still exists, and that the men’s actions were nothing more than “rough talk.” But to others, Friday’s outcome following a weeks-long trial was a chilling example of the kind of political violence that is raging across the country, too often unpunished. They say people are increasingly angry, and they feel emboldened to act on it. Two men were acquitted for their role in the alleged 2020 plot, while the jury couldn’t agree on charges against two other men. They may be retrieved.


EXPLAINER: Charges in Michigan Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot case

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors acquitted two men and deadlocked on two others accused of plotting to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. They concluded nearly five days of deliberations on Friday after weeks of testimony in US District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Six men were initially charged but two pleaded guilty before trial. The remaining defendants included Adam Fox, described by prosecutors as the plot’s ringleader, and co-defendant Barry Croft Jr. They may be tried again after the jury hit an impasse on their charges. The other two defendants, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, were found not guilty of all charges.


Michigan governor sues to secure abortion rights, vacate ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has sued to protect abortion rights, asking a court to recognize a right to abortion under the state constitution. The Democratic governor also is seeking to overturn a 176-year-old ban in Michigan that may take effect if the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is vacated. The lawsuit, filed Thursday against prosecutors in 13 counties with an abortion clinic, comes as the US Supreme Court’s conservative majority considers allowing states to ban abortion much earlier in pregnancy and potentially overturning the right. The governor, who is up for reelection this year, requested that the Michigan Supreme Court quickly take the case. A favorable decision could enable abortions to continue in Michigan after the federal high court rules.


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