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Husband/Cat Dad | @GongwerMichigan covering @MISupremeCourt @MIAttyGen @MichStatePolice & statewide criminal justice + @RedistrictingMI | @bakermayfield stan
Mar 10 56 tweets 9 min read
Day 3 of the Whitmer kidnap plot trial. Prosecution's first witness is still giving testimony, laying out the remainder of the alleged plot & showing how the defendants communicated and recruited to enact that plot. We'll likely hear cross exam from def attys later Adam Fox's atty cross exam now. Showing video of the April 3, 2020, rally at the Capitol in Lansing. Trying to establish that his attendance there was protected by 1A, it was in a public space and he did not trespass. He also wasn't associated with Wolverine Watchmen at this time
Mar 9 69 tweets 11 min read
We are back on the record. Fox atty wants to proceed with entrapment. Harris atty about limits in cross, going with entrapment too. Caserta concerned about limits in cross as well, assert entrapment if can't use that evidence. Croft atty still concerned about doing so. Wanted to show there was an alternate explanation of agreement, but must go with entrapment.
Mar 9 62 tweets 10 min read
Day 2 of the trial for four men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer beginning shortly. A full jury was seated yesterday and opening statements are to begin today. I'll be listening in and will have a dispatch later today in the @GongwerMichigan Report. US District Judge Robert Jonker giving instruction to jury. Reiterating charges: against all four is conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer; against three (Adam Fox, Barry Croft and Daniel Harris) is conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction ...
Mar 8 76 tweets 12 min read
The trial for four men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer has begun. Jury selection starts today and the trial is slated to last four to six weeks. US District Judge Robert Jonker is calling for a 30 min break before jury pool is brought in. Back at 9:15. Ahead of the trial, I spoke to two former U.S. attorneys -- @M1Schneider and @PatMilesJr -- about the government's case and what the defense might raise as proceedings move forward:…
Oct 28, 2021 31 tweets 6 min read
Following a strange meeting yesterday in which @RedistrictingMI went into a closed session to discuss legal memos and had a mini-lockdown after it received an emailed threat, the commission is back this morning to begin mapping deliberations. You can follow along here:

Oct 27, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
After a harrowing start, @RedistrictingMI is back at it and the meeting is a go. A motion was adopted to amend today's agenda to add a discussion about a potential closed session following public comment. It was put forward by Doug Clark, seconded by Steve Lett. No word on what that closed session would entail just yet.
Oct 27, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Following a slate of public hearings that saw MI residents lambaste the commission over its mapping decisions, @RedistrictingMI is back today with its first deliberative meeting looking toward the path ahead. Some commissions have said that public comments -- particularly comments fielded in Detroit -- show there is much work to be done and that they must amend some of their choices. But several unknowns remain.
Oct 20, 2021 16 tweets 6 min read
.@RedistrictingMI is back and one of the first commenters noted that the sheer number of maps put forward was untenable and that, in his opinion, each one is worse than the last. Said partisan fairness is a near-zero efficiency gap and is the best metric to use. The same commenter added, "without a low efficiency gap, we don't have a democracy." The commenter following this one said that while these maps weren't intentional GOP gerrymanders, they only do slightly better on partisan fairness compared to the 2011 reapportionment.
Oct 20, 2021 29 tweets 11 min read
We're minutes away from the start of @RedistrictingMI's first public hearing on its draft proposed maps in Detroit. Expect a glut of comments on the state of the city's districts, which have been a source of scrutiny since mapping began and more so after mapping wrapped. As a refresher, there are 10 collaborative map plans up for public comment, about as many individual commissioner-created maps and several more community submitted map plans:
Oct 19, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
The early '90s, when @Marvel and @NFL teamed up to create SuperPro. #Marvel #VintageComics And shout out to @GailSimone's Batgirl No. 1. This was a good run!