- Judge Thomas Wilson announced the dismissal Friday, two days after attorneys raised concerns about the juror having too much non-verbal communication with defendant Paul Bellar.
- “It didn’t just happen on one day – it happened over multiple days,” the judge said about the juror’s behavior. “I decided it’s safer to err on the side of caution.”
The prosecutor for the Michigan attorney general in the case also raised concerns about eye contact and smiling between Bellar and the juror.
- In addition, Bellar’s attorney also reportedly said he’d seen interactions between the two since the trial began.
- Bellar, 24, was allegedly a member of the paramilitary group the Wolverine Watchmen, which allegedly help mastermind the kidnap plot of what they considered Whitmer’s extreme lockdown orders at the height of the pandemic.
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