Former Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis, Pleads Guilty in Georgia Election Case

Former Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis, Pleads Guilty in Georgia Election Case

Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty in a Georgia election case. In her plea deal, she admitted to aiding and abetting false statements and writings related to her efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. As part of the deal, she agreed to five years of probation, a $5,000 restitution payment, and 100 hours of community service. Ellis is one of several defendants who have pleaded guilty in the case, which alleged a conspiracy to interfere with the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer who was known for her support of former President Donald J. Trump and her involvement in promoting his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Georgia. This plea was part of an agreement she made with prosecutors in the state.

In an Atlanta courtroom, Ms. Ellis expressed her remorse for her role in attempting to maintain Mr. Trump in power following his loss in the 2020 election. She tearfully pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting false statements and writings, a felony charge. She is the fourth defendant to plead guilty in the Georgia case, which accused Mr. Trump and 18 others of conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Mr. Trump’s favor.

As part of her plea deal, Ms. Ellis agreed to serve five years of probation, pay a $5,000 restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. She has also written an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia and has committed to full cooperation with prosecutors as the case progresses.

Prosecutors reached plea agreements last week with two individuals involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia:

  • Kenneth Chesebro, who played a significant role in orchestrating the deployment of fake Trump electors in Georgia and other swing states.
  • Sidney Powell, a prominent member of Mr. Trump’s legal team, known for promoting baseless conspiracy theories in the aftermath of the election.

In late September, Scott Hall, a bail bondsman who was charged alongside Sidney Powell in connection with an incident at a rural Georgia county’s elections office, entered a guilty plea in the case.

Fani T. Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, secured an indictment against 19 defendants in August. The charges included racketeering and alleged involvement in a criminal enterprise that conspired to interfere with the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

Jenna Ellis, unlike the other defendants who have pleaded guilty, asked for the opportunity to make a statement in court. With tears in her eyes, she addressed the judge, stating, “As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously.” She acknowledged that after Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, she believed that contesting the election results on his behalf should have been pursued through legal means. However, she admitted that she had relied on information provided by other lawyers, including some with more extensive experience than she had, and had failed to conduct her due diligence in verifying the accuracy of their claims.

Jenna Ellis addressed Judge Scott McAfee of the Fulton County Superior Court, expressing her regrets. She stated, “If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these postelection challenges.” She also added, “I look back on this experience with deep remorse. For those failures of mine, your honor, I’ve taken responsibility already before the Colorado bar, who censured me, and I now take responsibility before this court and apologize to the people of Georgia.”

In March, Jenna Ellis admitted in a sworn statement in Colorado that she had knowingly misrepresented the facts regarding widespread voting fraud, which she had claimed had occurred and led to Mr. Trump’s election defeat. These admissions were part of an agreement with Colorado state bar officials, resulting in her public censure and disciplinary measures.

While Jenna Ellis can still practice law in Colorado, a group called the 65 Project, a bipartisan legal watchdog group, has stated that they plan to file a new complaint based on her guilty plea. This new complaint will allow the state bar to assess her conduct in light of her criminal plea.

Jenna Ellis had already expressed her concerns about Mr. Trump’s refusal to accept his election loss before her guilty plea. On her Christian broadcasting radio show, she referred to Mr. Trump as a “friend” and expressed personal respect for him. However, she stated that she couldn’t support him politically again, citing his “malignant narcissistic tendency to simply say that he’s never done anything wrong.”

 

 

 

 

( Source: NYTimes )