There is no dispute about some evidence in the trial of two men accused of eagerly wanting to kidnap Michigan’s governor: They enjoyed getting high.
From start to finish, the jury repeatedly has heard about marijuana in the case of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who are charged with conspiring to abduct Gretchen Whitmer as part of an anti-government uprising in 2020.
It has been cited by defense lawyers to reinforce their depiction of Fox and Croft as “big talkers” who sometimes said outrageous things when they had been smoking pot. Marijuana use by adults has been legal in Michigan since 2018.
A jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will hear closing arguments Monday, when defense lawyers will likely talk about it again.
Defense attorney Joshua Blanchard set the tone soon after jurors settled into the box on Aug. 10, saying Croft was “frankly high on marijuana all the time” and was described by some as a “stoner pirate kind-of whack nut” in a tri-cornered colonial hat.
The Delaware trucker’s girlfriend confirmed Croft’s regular marijuana use during her brief appearance in the witness chair. An investigator was asked Friday to read aloud a text message he had sent to an informant who was inside the group of extremists.
“Too much pot,” John Penrod of the Delaware state police said.
Prosecutors have presented evidence of Fox saying he wanted to “hog-tie” Whitmer and even take her out to Lake Michigan in a boat. Croft wrote on social media about hanging governors for…