Tina Peters Faces First Of Maybe Many Convictions

Tina Peters on the red carpet at Mar-a-Lago last year.

As the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, a jury in Mesa County has returned a guilty verdict against former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in a misdemeanor obstruction of justice case: a case that marks the beginning of what could be a series of convictions ultimately connected to Peters’ admitted scheme to steal proprietary election system data in a failed plot to prove the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump:

Former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was found guilty Friday of obstruction of government operations, but acquitted on a charge that she obstructed a peace officer…

Peters’ conviction…means that separate charges of contempt of court can go forward. That’s the underlying case that led to the search warrant and subsequent obstruction charges.

There, Peters is accused of using the iPad to video record a court proceeding for her former deputy, Belinda Knisley, who at the time was facing burglary and cybercrime charges for allegedly entering the clerk’s office after being told to stay away. At that time, Knisley was under investigation by county human resources officials for creating a hostile work environment, allegedly telling clerk staff not to cooperate with state and federal investigations into tampering with election equipment.

The short version is that Peters was convicted of obstructing investigators who sought access to her iPad at a Grand Junction bagel shop in 2022. When police arrived to back up those investigators, Peters picked up a charge of obstructing the police as well–and that’s the charge Peters was acquitted of. Next, Peters will face a charge of contempt of court stemming from the use of that iPad to illegally record court proceedings, all leading up to Peters’ “main event” trial on misconduct and impersonation charges related to the actual theft of Dominion Voting Systems data.

Although not the final stop on Peters’ journey through the criminal justice system, this does mark the first conviction related in any way to her conduct as Mesa County Clerk since the 2020 elections. Sentencing isn’t until next month, which means Peters will now compete in the race to be the next Colorado Republican Party chair as a convicted criminal awaiting up to six months in jail.

But with local Republicans trying to nullify federal laws they don’t like and national Republicans calling to abolish the FBI, that could actually be a bonus.

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  1. davebarnes says:

    "kick a cop"
    She be dead if she be black.

  2. EPCisgreat says:

    "There's no way a jury of 12 people is going to put me in prison."

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    It will be interesting to see if the convictions go up the ladder or if she is going to be the designated fall guy.  Was she in cahoots with Liddell and Trump to breach the Mesa County voting machines?  It looks like it was clearly planned that she was going to breach the machines then fly to Liddell's conspiracy conference on his dime to produce the dramatic evidence that Dominion was a tool of a Venezuelan cartel except there was no dramatic evidence.  Was this a carefully scripted plan that backfired big time and who else was in on it?

  4. westslope says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how long Lindell will keep paying her tab. Harvey Steinberg is one of those celebrity Denver lawyers who charges by the inhale and exhale. There’s no way she’s paying him without big time help.


    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      Hasn't she set up a defense fund or a Go Fund Me page or some other vehicle for shaking down the MAGA flock for $$$. 

      If people were willing to give to Steve Bannon "We Build the Wall" foundation, I can't imagine there would not be a lot of fools prepared to send money to this nut job.

  5. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Sometimes it's crazy to be musically inclined.

    This picture brings to mind, "Batman and His Grandmother," 1966, by the late Dickie Goodman.

  6. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    "Journalistic focus on the Trump sedition is lacking sorely."

    Excuse me? COSane, I generally like what you post and agree with much of what you say but journalistic focus on Trump's sedition in sorely lacking?

    You cannot turn on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or any of the traditional network news programs without hearing something about one (or more) of Trump's numerous criminal investigations and cases.

    The problem isn't coverage. The problem is that each side hears what it wants to hear and no one is going to re-evaluate his/her/their position based on any additional information.

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