Judge orders arrest of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters for violation of bond

District Judge Matthew Barrett granted a request by District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and issued a no-bond warrant after Peters allegedly violated the terms of his bond by leaving the state without permission.

Rubinstein says Peters violated the terms of his bond by traveling to Nevada without the court’s permission.

Peters posted a photo on social media with Gayle Kolek, a candidate running for Arizona’s Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, at a convention in Las Vegas on July 12. “Strategizing Next Steps for Election Security” was the theme of a Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association event in Nevada. Rubinstein noted that Peters also took the stage at the conference in a bond withdrawal affidavit filed Wednesday.

In addition, the DA reported that Peters signed a letter requesting a recount of his unsuccessful bid for secretary of state during the June primary, which was announced in Nevada on July 12. Investigators verified the date and location of the notarization, Peters’ bail violation.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office told CNN Thursday morning that it received the letter from Peters.

In a motion to quash the arrest warrant filed Thursday afternoon, Peters’ attorney Harvey Steinberg said he was out of the office Monday when the court imposed new restrictions on Peters’ out-of-state travel, “not looking. That’s until later.” Steinberg said he failed to inform Peters of the restrictions “until it was too late.”

Steinberg said in the motion that Peters’ July 7 email containing his travel details was “part of the email thread and that he provided his plan to travel to Las Vegas on July 12, 2022.”

“Ms. Peters was not aware of her travel ban to Las Vegas, and her behavior demonstrates that,” Steinberg wrote.

“She made a public appearance in Las Vegas with law enforcement officials, and she broadcast her appearance live for all to see. If she knew the court had barred her travel, she would not have advertised that she was in Las Vegas,” he said in the motion. . “Furthermore, Ms. Peters told her bondsman that she was going to Las Vegas before she left. She certainly would not have told him of her plans if she had knowingly violated bond conditions.”

Steinberg requested a court hearing on the matter via WebEx.

It’s the latest in a series of legal battles for Peters, who has emerged as a prominent figure on the far right in Colorado after supporting former President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Peters last month sought the Republican nomination for Colorado secretary of state — a position he has unsubstantiatedly said is rife with fraud, allowing him to take over voting machines in the mail-in state. Likes to scrap.

But Republicans rejected Peters’ bid, instead nominating former county clerk Pam Anderson, who defended the integrity of Colorado’s elections and qualified to manage the process.

Additionally, Peters was indicted by a grand jury in May 2021 after prosecutors said Peters and his deputies led to a security breach. The breach resulted in the publication of confidential voting machine logins and forensic images of their hard drives on a QAnon-affiliated Telegram channel. In early August 2021. He is innocent and is not allowed to travel abroad without the permission of the court.

In May, after a lawsuit brought by Griswold — a separate legal action — a district judge stripped Peters of his duties overseeing elections in Mesa County this year.

Peters aligned himself with far-right figures who pushed Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud. He appeared at last year’s “Cyber ​​Symposium,” a gathering of election deniers that promoted several debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, along with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in Colorado.

CNN has reached out to Peters for comment. He publicly asserted that the investigation was partisan and politically motivated.

He told Colorado Public Radio this month that the charges he faces are “ridiculous.”

“If I have to be controversial to get the truth out there, I’m not afraid of that. It makes me dangerous, ‘I’m not afraid,'” he said.

This story was updated Thursday with additional updates.

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