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October 19, 2023 09:40 AM UTC

"Kraken" Couptorney Sidney Powell Pleads Guilty

  • by: Colorado Pols
Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis working to overturn the results of the 2020 elections.

Big news out of Georgia this morning in, where one of the key early members of ex-President Donald Trump’s “elite strike force” legal team, attorney Sidney Powell, has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges of election interference in a deal that avoids conviction for felony racketeering in the plot to overturn the 2020 presidential elections. NPR:

Powell spread baseless claims of widespread election fraud after the 2020 contest that Donald Trump lost, and worked to access voting machines in Coffee County, Ga., and elsewhere to further those assertions.

She initially faced racketeering and other charges in Georgia, and her plea deal means she agrees to reduced charges.

The deal outlined Thursday has Powell pleading guilty to six counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with the performance of election duties. She faces one year of probation for each of the six charges, and that she must testify truthfully against co-defendants. [Pols emphasis]

As the Washington Post reports, some of the charges Powell is pleading guilty to are related to an election system data breach very similar to the breach allegedly carried out by indicted ex-Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters:

[Powell] is the second of former president Donald Trump’s 18 co-defendants in the sprawling racketeering case to accept a plea deal and agree to testify against her co-defendants. The other is bail bondsman Scott Hall. Both faced charges related to their involvement in a secretive effort to access and copy elections software in rural Coffee County.

Powell agreed to plead guilty to all aspects of the conspiracy that prosecutors have alleged — including paying employees of Sullivan Strickler to travel to Coffee County and copy voter data “without authority” and to “interfere with, hinder and delay” the duties of Misty Hampton, the Coffee County elections director who is also facing charges in the case.

Learning of Powell’s guilty plea this morning, we immediately checked the Twitter feed of Colorado’s own indicted co-conspirator in this case, to see if Weld County’s most famous fired traffic case lawyer Jenna Ellis was still in her usual habit of talking too much on social media about her legal troubles. And sure enough:

Set aside this random commenter retweeted by Ellis who doesn’t know how plea bargains work. What we have here is Jenna Ellis reacting favorably to her fellow “elite strike force” attorney Sidney Powell pleading guilty to multiple charges of interference with the 2020 presidential election. The same case in which Ellis faces her own felony charges. Ellis has complained loudly that Trump failed to fund her legal defense, and politically Ellis has embraced Ron DeSantis for President, further ostracizing her from MAGA World.

If you can’t predict from here what Jenna Ellis’ next move is, get out of the prediction business. Ellis has already admitted to lying repeatedly about the 2020 elections in order to keep her law license, so there’s not much left to defend in terms of either her or Trump’s reputation.

It’s no longer a question of whether Ellis cops a plea of her own, but when.


4 thoughts on ““Kraken” Couptorney Sidney Powell Pleads Guilty

  1. While it’s heartening to see that Powell admits her guilt and will have to testify “truthfully” in the trials of her co-conspirators, I feel like 6 years probation and an apology letter is a slap on the wrist and an insult to American democracy.

    1. Plea deals often require moral compromises, but can certainly lead to much more valuable moral successes.

      Daysha D. Young, an assistant district attorney in Fulton County, said in court that Ms. Powell had given prosecutors a recorded statement on Wednesday as part of her plea deal. She has agreed to testify against any of the 17 remaining defendants and to turn over documents in her possession related to the case.

      Ms. Powell was a frequent visitor to the White House after the election and had direct dealings with the highest-profile defendants in the case, including Mr. Trump, who considered naming her a special counsel to review vote fraud. That makes her potentially a valuable witness for the prosecution.

      “I think it’s very bad news for Trump,” said Clark D. Cunningham, a law professor at Georgia State University, noting that her access to Mr. Trump at the White House put her “right in the middle” of the racketeering conspiracy at the heart of the case.

    2. She's going to be providing substantial testimony for the prosecution.  Locking her up isn't going to help American democracy.  The US has way too many people in prison already

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