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Extradition of Michigan governor kidnapping plot suspect delayed

Right to appeal upheld for Brian Higgins
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Posted at 3:15 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 16:15:05-05

PORTAGE, Wisc. — 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 is accused of being part of a crew conducting surveillance of the governor's vacation home for the kidnapping plot. He's charged with material support of an act of terrorism.

A Columbia County, Wisconsin 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 was released on bond back in October, but must remain within two Wisconsin counties until his case is decided.