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Federal trial over plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer begins in Grand Rapids

A federal grand jury has charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The suspects are (from top left) Kaleb Franks, Brandon Caserta and Adam Fox, and (from bottom left) Daniel Harris, Barry Croft and Ty Garbin.
A federal grand jury has charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The suspects are (from top left) Kaleb Franks, Brandon Caserta and Adam Fox, and (from bottom left) Daniel Harris, Barry Croft and Ty Garbin.

A federal trial began Tuesday in Grand Rapids for four men charged with conspiring to kidnap the governor.

Judge Robert Jonker told jurors this morning this isn't your average criminal case. And one of the reasons is because of the amount of evidence that prosecutors intend to present.

Jonker told the jurors this whole trial could take 4 to 6 weeks. His first question to them was whether they thought they could even serve for that amount of time.

The Western District of Michigan covers the entire western half of the state. Some jurors came from as far away as Traverse City, and many of the jurors said they already had spring break plans.

And several of them have been dismissed over those issues.

Once the jury is seated, attorneys will make their opening arguments, and defense attorneys say they plan to show that these men were not guilty of planning to kidnap the governor, that instead they were entrapped.