The Whitmer kidnapping lawsuit postponed due to exposure to COVID-19
The Whitmer kidnapping lawsuit postponed due to exposure to COVID-19

The Whitmer kidnapping lawsuit postponed due to exposure to COVID-19

A key participant in the trial against four men accused of planning to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer has tested positive for COVID-19, which has forced the judge to stop one of the country’s most important cases of alleged extremism.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker adjourned the trial in federal court in Grand Rapids to at least Thursday, according to a ruling filed in federal court Sunday afternoon.

The judge’s ruling does not identify who tested positive for COVID-19 and instead refers to an “essential trial participant.”

“Provided there are no other complications, the court hopes to reopen the trial on Thursday,” Jonker wrote.

The development illustrates the complications of resuming trials during the pandemic. Jonker has followed Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which do not impose masks in counties like Kent, with a low risk of transmission, and has not required trial participants to wear masks. Only a few jurors wore the protective gear during the jury selection last week.


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