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US doesn't object to trial delay in Whitmer kidnapping case

Trial in federal court in Grand Rapids has been set for Oct. 12.
Credit: AP
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference at Farwell Recreation Center, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Detroit. Whitmer wants to spend $75 million in federal pandemic rescue funding to reduce violent crime, saying it is a critical issue that must be addressed amid double-digit percentage increases in several Michigan cities. (Nic Antaya/Detroit News via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are not objecting to a delay in the fall trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The government says it wouldn’t be harmed by a postponement. Prosecutors say they haven't made significant payments for travel by witnesses or lodging. 

Trial in federal court in Grand Rapids has been set for Oct. 12. The defendants would like a 90-day extension for all key dates in the case. 

A hearing is scheduled for Friday. 

Defense attorneys last week said they were still plowing through hours of conversation secretly recorded by informants and FBI agents.

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