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This combo of images provided by the Kent County, Mich., Jail. shows Barry Croft Jr., left, and Adam Fox. Jury selection started Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in the second trial of the two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 over their disgust with restrictions early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prosecutors are putting Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. on trial again after a jury in April couldn't reach a verdict. Two co-defendants were acquitted and two more pleaded guilty earlier. (Kent County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Judge Denies Bid for New Trial in Whitmer Kidnapping Case

A federal judge has denied a new trial request by two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Paul Bellar, middle, appears before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 for trial in Jackson, Mich. Paul Bellar, Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico are charged in connection with a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP, Pool)
Prosecutor: Men Planned to ‘Target’ Cops to Assist in Whitmer Kidnapping

Each man is charged with three crimes related to a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, including providing material support for a terrorist act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attends an event with President Joe Biden in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Explainer: 3 More Men on Trial in ‘Heinous’ Plot to Kidnap Whitmer

A scheme to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 will get yet another airing in a different court when three men face trial this week.

On Jan. 6, 2021, hundreds of terrorists—including dozens from Michigan—breached the Capitol building, brutally attacked police officers, hunted lawmakers, and carried out a dangerous attack that left five people dead. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Southgate Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Role in Capitol Riot

A Michigan man was sentenced on Friday to five years in federal prison for his role in the US Capitol attack by a mob that disrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory.

The Michigan Supreme Court's Hall of Justice is seen, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Here’s Why the Michigan Supreme Court Race is Important 

Two spots on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs on Nov. 8, and the winners will have a hand in making some big decisions.

Bridget McCormack, a Democratic Party nominee, has been on the court since 2013 and still had six years left in her second term. (Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack via Facebook)
Whitmer to Appoint Replacement to Michigan Supreme Court as Chief Justice Leaves Bench

The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court will step down by the end of 2022, leaving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pick a new justice to fill the term—at least through 2024.

Republican Attorney General Candidate Matt DePerno speaks at an event on the State Capitol lawn following the GOP Nominating Convention. ('Gander Newsroom/Kyle Kaminski)
Special Prosecutor Will Probe GOP Attorney General Candidate as ‘Prime Instigator’ of Election Machine Tampering Scheme

Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson has been selected as the special prosecutor who will decide whether or not Republican attorney general candidate Matt DePerno will face any criminal charges for allegedly tampering with voting machines after the 2020 election in Michigan.