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This just in from the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby, just days before her trial on a range of felony and other criminal counts related to the theft of election system data in her charge in a failed attempt to prove the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump, ex-Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has fired her second set of attorneys and as a result once again successfully delayed her rendezvous with the criminal justice system:
Appearing before District Judge Matthew Barrett in a last-minute review hearing on Tuesday, former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fired her second set of attorneys, hired new ones and got her trial delayed again.
That eight-day criminal trial, on charges of identity theft and misconduct in office, had been set to start Friday.
Granting Peters’ third legal team the necessary time to prepare for trial means it will be July before trial begins, giving Peters’ “prayer warriors” more months to pray Peters’ guilt away, for MAGA cops to press their dress uniforms before showing up in court to support identity theft, and above all more time for Peters to raise money and be feted as a martyr-to-be by supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. We don’t know the stated reason given by Peters for firing her lawyers, but given that Peters’ legal strategy up to now has consisted of increasingly improbable delay tactics, the further delay afforded by firing her lawyers is an end unto itself.
Or…maybe Peters’ lawyer told her what we’ve been saying for over a year, which is that this is not a case Peters can expect to win, and it’s time to take whatever deal might yet be available. With Peters having freely admitted to the basic facts in her failed claim to be a “whistleblower” and Peters’ own deputies lined up to testify against her, we’re well past the point that smart attorneys start looking for the cleanest possible exit for their clients.
What remains is the possibility that Tina Peters is not listening to anyone, and is stalling for intervention–divine, revolutionary, anything she can imagine. Whatever it takes to hold off justice a little while longer. All the while increasing the expense to taxpayers over this whole folly, and taking fellow Republicans’ eyes off the ball ahead of the next election.
There are no winners here, but the list of losers is growing to include almost everyone except Tina Peters. Until the case is settled in a court of law, the ambiguity also helps Trump.
That’s about it. Everyone else pays the price.
Author: Colorado Pols