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Defense takes center stage Thursday in Governor Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping case

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.

Prosecutors rested their case on Wednesday in the federal trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Conspiracy to kidnap is the main charge in the case. But there are three other charges affecting some of the men, and prosecutors spent more time this week establishing the basis for those charges.

In particular, they tried to show that three of the men made an effort to buy a bomb from an undercover FBI informant, and two of the men used parts from fireworks to try to make improvised explosive devices.

After prosecutors rested their case defense attorneys started calling their first witnesses, but the trial had to be paused after a number of defense witnesses told the judge they planned to invoke their fifth amendment right not to incriminate themselves.