UPDATE #2: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley have turned themselves in and are making themselves comfortable at Mesa County Jail. Peters’ bond has been set at $500,000 all-cash in consideration of last August’s extended remote work session.
UPDATE: The Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby:
If convicted on all charges, and if they run consecutively, Peters faces a maximum penalty of 28 years in jail and a $2.7 million in fines, while Knisley could see a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison and $2 million in fines.
Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.
Colorado Public Radio says watch out, co-conspirators:
In a joint statement announcing the indictment, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and Attorney General Phil Weiser said, “This investigation is ongoing, and other defendants may be charged as we learn more information. We remind everyone that these are allegations at this point and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
Breaking news this morning via 9NEWS’ Jeremy Jojola, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has been indicted on multiple counts of official misconduct, criminal impersonation, and identity theft by a grand jury convened by fellow Republican DA Dan Rubenstein:
More on the specific charges in the grand jury indictment here. Charges include multiple felonies. Release from Mesa County DA’s office in Grand Junction: pic.twitter.com/ObSXTfmEEH
— Jeremy Jojola (@jeremyjojola) March 9, 2022
We’ll update with coverage and reactions. Keep in mind that these are the state charges Peters was facing over the theft and distribution of election system data in her failed attempt to prove the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump should still be President. A federal investigation into possible additional wire fraud charges remains ongoing.
But this is one of the moments you’ve been waiting for.
So Pols, why haven't you moved her numbers up dramatically in the Big Line?
Peters will get that same 35 -40% support from the Qaucus even while serving her jail term. Remember when Republicans were the “Law and Order” party? I miss those days.
You'd have to go back before Nixon, wouldn't you? Though I have it on good authority that he was not a crook.
I have it on good authority that not a few Republicans miss those days, too. Forget taking the country back, can the few good souls left in the GOP take their party back?
First degree official misconduct and violation of duty. Sounds like any other elected Republican.
That should sew up the GOP nomination.
There is a reason that I am unaffiliated. Voting in the G卐Per primary will be too much fun.
Co-conspirators? Can we please indict the "My Pillow Guy?" I know it will be a circus, but he and other oligarch-wannabes need to know that if you use your money to tamper with the election system, there will be consequences. It's bad enough that they can legally buy and sell politicians and elections, they should not be able to undermine the physical (electronic) election systems.
Being from the gambling capital of Colorado, I am betting that federal indictments will be issued for her out of state accomplices. If anything, he was her money man financing her schemes. It ain't over by a long shot.
She should be considered a very high flight-risk.
Damn right. Who is tracking MyPillow One?
Is that like tracking Santa's sleigh? He's here. He's there He is everywhere searching for the one conspiracy that links them all together.
"He knows if you've been cheating, He knows if you're a woke…"
If only it were that easy, G.G. NORAD knows where Santa is.
Anyone know if the district court calendar is current enough that these charges could be tried in the next six months?
Looking forward to the reactions of Republican Party chairs from Mesa County and Colorado. From Mesa County's Republican Commissioners. From the other Republican candidates for Secretary of State. And from candidates for the Mesa County Clerk's position.
Probably too soon to ask all the candidates for Governor the hypothetical: if Peters is elected and convicted, would they pardon her so she could serve?
Well, that didn’t take TOO long: Axios Denver says
GOP leader calls for Tina Peters to suspend campaign after indictment
The official statement on the Republican Party webpage:
"charged by a Republican District Attorney"
So, if Pillow Tina were charged by a non-Republican DA she could still run?
Yeah, that was the line that really stuck out to me. Such BS
"Colorado GOP Statement on the Felony Indictment of SOS Candidate
Basalt, Colorado – Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown, Vice Chairwoman Priscilla Rahn, and Secretary Marilyn Harris released the following statement today regarding the felony indictment of Mesa County Clerk & Recorder and current Secretary of State Candidate, Tina Peters"
To which any Trumpublican in good standing should reply: Phooey. The indictment is a fake indictment and a hoax perpetrated by the usual suspects: George Soros, RINOs, the liberal media, Hugo Chavez and the Clintons. She should run even if it si from prison.
Freedom is never free. MAGA. Yadda yadda yadda.
It's more than a little amusing that Brown, Rahn and Harris seem to think they can steer the Colorado GQP clown car.
“Anyone know if the district court calendar is current enough that these charges could be tried in the next six months? ”
Under the Colorado speedy trial statute, the court must offer her a trial date within six months of the date of her arraignment.
However, a defendant can waive the six-month deadline and ask for more time for good cause. If the defendant waives, then the six-month time period starts to run anew from the date of the waiver. There are also various circumstances under which the six-month time period can tolled.
Yet the CO republican party will still let Tina run for SoS, because they have no one else.
So, where is Roger Edwards when his Colorado Party really
needscould use him? . . .
Pam Anderson is a Republican. And a competent election clerk. Of course, I’d rather keep Jena Griswold, though.
Yes, but Peters is being unjustly prosecuted and is the only candidate who will fight for The Truth. Anderson is quite obviously in league with George Soros (who is a deadbeat that never paid me for my work in elevating Communist-Socialist-Nazis to power…).
Bingo, Phoenix. You've nailed Peters' primary campaign strategy.
Peters is being unjustly prosecuted BECAUSE she is the only candidate who will fight for The Truth.
Phoenix: Fixed it for you. 🙂
Besides, who better to ensure elections get the “right” results than someone with hands-on experience with election fraud?
Thank you for keeping us all up to date on this. While it has been frustrating to witness the slow pace of justice, it is heartening to know that we have honorable people in charge.
Glad her foam pillow vacation is earning her a stiffer bail.