Another Defendant in Georgia Election Case Pleads Guilty

The defendants in the Georgia Election Interference Case have been referred to as “Trump co-defendants.” Another of those co-defendants, Jenna Ellis, has pleaded guilty in the Georgia election interference case. Ellis was charged alongside the Republican former president and 17 others with violating the state’s anti-racketeering law. Ellis and the others are facing charges of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and soliciting the violation of oath by a public officer.

In the States’ sweeping cases against these co-defendants, the indictment “details a number of accusations against Ellis, including that she helped author plans on how to disrupt and delay congressional certification of the 2020 election’s results on Jan. 6, 2021, the day a mob of Trump supporters eventually overran the U.S. Capitol.”

Ellis has been characterized in the media as “an attorney and prominent conservative media figure” and “a vocal part of Trump’s reelection campaign in the last presidential cycle.” Ellis reached a deal with prosecutors Tuesday and pleaded guilty to reduced charges over efforts to overturn Donald Trump‘s 2020 election loss in Georgia.

Several co-defendants have chosen not to fight the criminal charges brought against them. Ellis is the fourth defendant in the case to enter into a plea deal. Ellis, 38, pleaded guilty to a count of “aiding and abetting false statements and writings.”

As reported, “The guilty plea from Ellis comes just days after two other defendants, fellow attorneys Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, entered guilty pleas. According to the descriptions of some media outlets, that means three high-profile people responsible for what has been described as “pushing baseless legal challenges to Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory” and “have agreed to accept responsibility for their roles rather than take their chances before a jury. See related reporting: What Sidney Powell’s guilty plea could mean for Donald Trump in Ga. election interference case

In Ellis’ case, prosecutors recommended “five years of probation for Ellis along with $5,000 in restitution, 100 hours of community service, writing an apology letter to the people of Georgia and testifying truthfully in trials related to this case.” Reporting made the astute point that “Even so, their value as witnesses against Trump is unclear given that their direct participation in unfounded schemes will no doubt expose them to attacks on their credibility and bruising cross-examinations should they testify.”

D & B Staff

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