GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The two defense attorneys who received threats over their work in the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot trial showed up at the courthouse on Wednesday without any apparent extra security.
They acknowledged that they had received online threats.
Christopher Gibbons and Joshua Blanchard were the targets of the threats, along with Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker, who is presiding over the case, according to a report in The Detroit News.
“It’s just a general threat,” Gibbons, the attorney for Adam Fox, told Target 8 Wednesday. “A lot of big talk.”
A member of the defense team told Target 8 the attorneys were aware of the threats and confirmed that they were made directly to Blanchard and Gibbons.
As they walked into the courthouse Wednesday, Blanchard and Gibbons said they were not concerned.
“Marshals are taking good care of us,” Blanchard said. “I think we’re all comfortable with what they’re doing for us.”
“I think we’re doing good,” Gibbons said. “We have security. We’re doing fine.”
When asked where it was, Gibbons responded: “You’re not supposed to see it. We’re safe.”
The FBI raided a Detroit-area home Friday in response to threats to the judge and the two defense attorneys, The Detroit News reported.
FBI spokesperson Mara Schneider issued a statement on Wednesday:
“FBI Detroit will work closely with other FBI field offices and with our law enforcement partners across the country to identify the source of any threat made to anyone involved with the ongoing prosecution in Grand Rapids. Individuals found responsible for making threats in violation of state and/or federal law will be referred for prosecution in the appropriate jurisdiction.
“We do not anticipate there being any impact on the ongoing prosecution. We will continue to work with the district court’s security personnel and law enforcement agencies in and around Grand Rapids to to ensure that anyone participating in that proceeding is safe.”