Indicted Mesa County Colorado Clerk Tina Peters (R) has an arrest warrant with her name written on it. The Donald Trump follower was under a court order to stay within her state, but Colorado District Attorney (DA) Dan Rubinstein discovered that she had gone to Nevada to attend a conference. Now she is a fugitive from justice.
Judge Matthew Barrett immediately revoked Peters’ $25,000 cash bond in the case of allegedly “tampering with voting equipment,” according to The POLITICO. Then the judge issued “a warrant for her arrest.” That bond was all that stood between Peters and a jail cell.
Peters had been indicted by a Grand Jury, Reuters reported:
‘In March, Peters was indicted by a Colorado grand jury on election tampering charges stemming from an alleged breach of Mesa County’s voting equipment and was barred by Colorado’s secretary of state from overseeing elections in the western Colorado county this year.’
Peters faced the charges of “conspiracy and identity theft” among others:”
‘According to the 10-count indictment, which included charges of criminal impersonation, conspiracy, identity theft, and official misconduct, Peters gave unauthorized personnel access to the county’s election computer server.’
Judge Matthews had given Peters specific orders to stay in-state, according to the Associated Press (AP):
‘[Peters was] charged with three counts of attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, one count of identity theft, first-degree official misconduct, violation of duty, and failing to comply with the secretary of state.’
But Peters foolishly sent a notarized letter to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold from Las Vegas. The secretary’s office released this letter and also ordered a recount of Peter’s primary votes for the Republican nomination. Peters ran for Colorado’s secretary of state. And she lost.
DA Rubinstein had no problem with Peters traveling away from Colorado when she campaigned for the secretary of state job. Unfortunately for her, the election was last month. And the letter she sent out showed a July 12 date on it.
The county clerk’s attorney Harvey Steinberg sought to halt the bench warrant. He did not deny she had gone to Las Vegas as a speaker for a sheriff’s conference. Rather, he had this argument:
‘[She] asserted she misunderstood the court-ordered travel restrictions she faced.’
Peters’ Mesa County has primarily rural Republican constituents. The ex-president won it with almost 63 percent of the voter. However, President Joe Biden took Colorado with 55.4 percent of the vote.
The clerk blew off the charges, calling them “political.”
Peters also accumulated the status of “hero” among conspiracy theorists over the past year.
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