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Possible defense in alleged Gretchen Whitmer kidnap case could be suspects weren't really serious

Added 10-25-20 12:13:02am EST - “The defense of anti-government militants could be whether or not they really meant to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Possible defense in alleged Gretchen Whitmer kidnap case could be suspects weren’t really serious”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

That’s the potential line of defense for one of the 13 suspects accused of plotting to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her restrictive stay-at-home COVID-19 policies.

The attorney for Ty Garbin, a purported member of the paramilitary militia group Wolverine Watchmen, asserts that his client wasn’t serious about the potential kidnapping regardless of recorded conversations and online text claiming otherwise.

“Saying things like ‘I hate the governor, the governor is tyrannical’ . . . is not illegal, even if you’re holding a gun and running around the woods when you do it,” explained Garbin’s lawyer, Mark Satawa, to The Associated Press.

The defense seemingly parallels that of the Hutaree militia movement in 2010. In that case, nine group members were arrested for their alleged involvement in a scheme to murder police officers.

Eventually, seven of the defendants were found not guilty of conspiracy and sedition because they had yet to identify specific targets.

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