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Grand Traverse County Judge Eases Bond Requirements For Twin Brothers Accused In Terrorist Plot

86th District Court Zoom

A Grand Traverse County judge agreed to conditions Wednesday that make putting up bail much easier for two men charged with plotting to instigate a civil war.

West Michigan residents Michael and William Null are among eight men facing state charges for a plot that included attacks against government officials, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The men, along with six others facing federal charges, were part of the so-called militia group, Wolverine Watchen.

The Nulls were charged in October with providing material support in a terrorist act as well as felony weapons charges.

Lawyers for the Null brothers asked the $200,000 bonds for the men be lowered. They called the bond excessive and cited the brothers’ strong ties to the West Michigan community — including close family and local contracting work.

Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office argued the men were dangerous to the community, as they had an arsenal of over 40 weapons and plotted violent attacks against government officials and those surrounding them.

Judge Michael Stepka said he was concerned about those threats but ultimately allowed for a 10% surety allowance on the bonds, meaning the defendants could be released if they pay $2,500 in cash and someone guarantees their full bond.

If they make bond, the men will be required to wear a GPS tracker and may not leave their home except to meet with their lawyers or go to work.

Michael and William Null are due back in court on Dec. 16 for a preliminary exam.

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