Female Juror Dismissed After What She Was Accused of Doing with Defendant

A judge has released a young woman from the jury hearing the trial of three men in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 after attorneys accused her of flirting with one of the defendants to have.

Judge Thomas Wilson announced Friday that the woman was removed from the jury, two days after attorneys raised concerns that the juror engaged in too much non-verbal communication with defendant Paul Bellar, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

“It didn’t just happen in one day — it happened over several days,” Wilson said of the juror’s behavior. “I’ve decided it’s safer to play it safe.”

Wilson said he had never seen behavior like this in almost 35 years of practicing law. The jury made a good decision, he said.

Bellar, 24, was a member of the Wolverine Watchmen. He is on trial along with co-defendants Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico. The three are charged in a state court in Jackson, Michigan with materially supporting a terrorist attack.

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The men have pleaded not guilty, claiming they were caught by an FBI informant and his henchmen.

The defendants’ attorneys disagreed with the jury’s dismissal.

“There was no verbal communication between the two, and descriptions of the communication are speculative,” said Kareem Johnson, who represents Musico.

William Rollstin, who is prosecuting the case for Michigan’s attorney general, expressed concerns about the jury at a meeting in the Chambers before Wilson on Wednesday.

“From the beginning of the trial … there was non-verbal communication between one of the jurors – a woman – and Mr. Bellar,” Rollstin said. “The communication took the form of eye contact [and] smile at each other.”

Several others in the courtroom, including Wilson and Bellar’s attorney Andrew Kirkpatrick, also said they had seen interactions between the two since the trial began.

The Western Journal reviewed this Associated Press report and may have amended it prior to publication to ensure it meets our editorial standards.

https://www.westernjournal.com/whitmer-trial-shake-female-juror-dismissed-accused-defendant/ Female Juror Dismissed After What She Was Accused of Doing with Defendant

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