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Court orders Nessel to release Whitmer plot exhibits

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The Michigan Attorney General’s office won’t appeal a ruling that it violated Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. A freelance journalist is seeking copies of evidence used in court against defendants accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The state lost in the Michigan Court of Claims and an appeal was expected. But the press secretary for Attorney General Dana Nessel says that’s not the case and the state it will drop its challenge and comply with the judge’s order -quote- “with all due speed.”          

Eric VanDussen is the journalist who filed the request in September of last year and says the promise to provide the records “with all due speed” is vague. VanDussen said, “Yeah. I’m not holding my breath and I’ll believe it when I see it.”

VanDussen argued – and the appeals court agreed – that the records are public because they were presented in open court.          

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.