A third accused of former US President Donald Trump in Georgia, lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, accused of being one of the masterminds of the plan to invalidate the 2020 election results, pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with an agreement with the prosecution.
This is the second agreement in this regard in less than 24 hours. Conservative lawyer Sidney Powell, who was scheduled to stand trial with Mr. Chesebro in a trial starting Monday, pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of conspiracy to interfere with election duties.
Kenneth Chesebro, 62, who faces seven charges, pleaded guilty to a forgery charge during a hearing in Atlanta, the state capital of Georgia.
He received a five-year suspended prison sentence, $5,000 in restitution to Georgia, 100 hours of community service, and delivered a letter of apology to voters in that state.
In exchange for the dismissal of the other six charges, Mr. Chesebro will have to testify in future trials of other defendants, including Mr. Trump and his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, at a still unspecified date.
The agreement came as 450 potential jurors had just begun registering for his now-canceled trial before the same judge.
Sidney Powell, Donald Trump’s lawyer, built a stolen election thesis thanks to voting machines from Dominion Voting Systems.
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Mr. Chesebro is essentially accused of writing and sending notes intended to replace the electoral votes received by Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia in 2020 with those of the outgoing Republican president, a maneuver that is at the heart of the alleged conspiracy.
In all, 19 defendants were named in the Aug. 14 indictment in Fulton County Circuit Court, primarily under Georgia’s organized crime statute, but only Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell asked for a speedy ruling.
In addition to Ms. Powell and Mr. Chesebrough, the first defendant, Scott Hall, pleaded guilty on 29 September.
Scott Hall also pleaded guilty at the end of September.
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Donald Trump will also be tried in federal court in Washington, starting March 4, for his alleged illegal attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The former president, the front-runner in the Republican primary, denounces his legal problems like many others
Electoral interference Instigated by the Biden administration to exclude him from the White House race in 2024.
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