Sidney Powell, a former attorney for Donald Trump, has entered a plea of guilt in the Fulton County case pertaining to the subversion of the Georgia election.
The prosecution is advocating for a probationary period of six years as the appropriate sentencing.
In addition to the court-ordered obligations, Powell will be compelled to provide testimony during forthcoming legal proceedings and compose a formal letter of apology addressed to the residents of Georgia.
Powell’s guilty plea is a boost to Trump’s political opposition, which will seize on the admission of guilt to accuse the former president of being part of a “criminal conspiracy” to undermine the 2020 election, as has been laid out in Fulton County’s District Attorney Fani Willis’ racketeering case.
Powell’s alleged culpability in the January 2021 intrusion of electoral systems Coffee County, Georgia is an integral component of her guilty plea.
Legal analysts have nonetheless found issues with the Coffee County case.
“Serious issues emerging w/ the charges brought by Fulton County DA Fani Willis – The indictment’s RICO allegations are insufficient to provide notice to the defendants per GA law,” the lawyer Techno Fog wrote. “The alleged contracts to conduct illegal activity b/w Powell, et al – are nonexistent.”
“Computer trespass (Count 35) requires the knowing use of the computer ‘without authority’,” the lawyer added. “Big problem for prosecutors: the local election board granted access and supervised/directed the technical activities.”
TechnoFog reacted to the guilty plea with criticism of the court.
Read the pleadings.
The Fulton County DA lied to the court repeatedly about the law.
They hid exculpatory evidence from the grand jury (violating the prosecutor's oath to do justice).
And now the felonies vanish on the eve of trial. Totally unjust prosecution.
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) October 19, 2023
“Read the pleadings,” the lawyer wrote. “The Fulton County DA lied to the court repeatedly about the law. They hid exculpatory evidence from the grand jury (violating the prosecutor’s oath to do justice). And now the felonies vanish on the eve of trial. Totally unjust prosecution.”
The Coffee County aspect of the Trump RICO case alleges that Trump associates gained illicit access to the county’s election systems and proceeded to duplicate election data. Their goal was to substantiate allegations of voting manipulation to justify election challenges. There is evidence that county officials permitted access, but the prosecution has repeatedly been pressed to reveal such exculpatory evidence.
Powell’s lawyer strongly refuted the prosecutors’ allegations that she was the ‘mastermind’ behind the Coffee County breach. During the pretrial proceedings, it was asserted by the defense that the prosecution’ claims are inaccurate and that the forthcoming evidence would demonstrate that she did not play a central role in the event.
Sidney Powell became the face of Trump’s election challenges, and teased voting integrity observers with promises of a “Kraken” of evidence that would prove the 2020 election was “stolen.” Her allegations, many of them unfounded, provided fodder for those who witnessed what they viewed was a flawed election.
Furthermore, Powell appears to have botched some of her legal challenges, such as filing a lawsuit in the wrong court. On December 7, 2020, a federal judge in Georgia rejected her election-related lawsuit. The judge determined that the plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue the complaint, since it should have been filed with a state court. Additionally, the judge found that the claim was submitted after the appropriate deadline.
The assertion made by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten, who was nominated by President George Bush in 2005, references a precedent set by a circuit court decision, which concluded that comparable legal disputes pertaining to elections need to be pursued within the jurisdiction of state courts.
“There’s no question that Georgia has a statute that explicitly directs that elections contests be filed in Georgia Superior Court,” Batten said.
“They are state elections. State courts should evaluate these proceedings from start to finish,” he added.
Powell has now become the second individual involved in the extensive racketeering investigation to enter a plea of guilty. In the previous month, Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, entered a plea of guilty and subsequently consented to providing testimony in forthcoming legal proceedings. The remaining 17 defendants, including Trump, have entered pleas of not guilty.
The trial of Kenneth Chesebro, an attorney who supports the Trump administration, is scheduled to proceed on Friday, commencing with the process of jury selection.