Judge rules man accused in Whitmer Kidnapping plot should face extradition, appeal allowed

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shows off her mask during a July 28, 2020 briefing in Lansing. (Courtesy Michigan Executive Office of the Governor)

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) – A judge has ruled a Wisconsin man accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be extradited to Michigan, but he will be given a chance to appeal first.

Brian Higgins was allegedly part of a crew conducting surveillance of the governor’s vacation home for the kidnapping plot.

Higgins is charged with material support of an act of terrorism.

A Columbia County judge rejected the defense argument that the Michigan extradition order should not be granted, arguing that Whitmer has a conflict of interest because she’s the victim.

Higgins is jailed in Columbia County, Wisconsin, until the appeal is decided.

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