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

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County Judge Matthew Barrett issued a no-bond warrant, granting District Attorney Dan Rubinstein’s request after Peters allegedly violated her binding terms by leaving the state without authorization. .

Rubinstein said that Peters violated her terms of engagement by arriving in Nevada without court approval.

Peters in a photo posted to social media with Gail Golec, a candidate running for a seat on Arizona’s Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, at a conference on July 12 in Las Vegas. “Strategizing next steps to #protect the election,” the caption was given at the Constitutional and Peacekeepers Association event in Nevada. In the bond recall affidavit filed Wednesday, Rubinstein noted that Peters also took to the stage at the conference.

Additionally, a letter requesting a recount of her failed bid to run for secretary of state in the June primaries was signed by Peters and notarized July 12 in Nevada, according to the DA. . Investigators verified the date and location of the notarization, a violation of Peters’ bail.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office told CNN it received a notarized letter from Peters on Thursday morning.

In a motion to dismiss the arrest warrant filed Thursday afternoon, Peters’ attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said he was absent Monday, as the court imposed new restrictions on exit out of the state of Peters, and did not see. it until later. Steinberg says he didn’t notify Peters of the restrictions “until it was too late,” and – although Peters did tell Steinberg about her travel plans – he didn’t transfer those plans. for the court.

Steinberg said in the application that Peters’ July 7 email with details of her trip was “part of an email sequence and it was not noticed that she had provided travel plans to Las Vegas.” Vegas on July 12, 2022.”

Steinberg wrote: “Miss Peters simply did not know that she was barred from Las Vegas, and her behavior proves it.

“She appeared publicly with law enforcement officers in Las Vegas, and she streamed her appearance for all to see. If she knew that the Court banned her from traveling, she won’t make it public that she’s in Las Vegas,” he said in motion. “Moreover, Ms. Peters told her bondman that she was going to Las Vegas before she left. If she had intentionally breached the bond conditions, she certainly wouldn’t have told him of her plans. .”

Steinberg asked the court to hear it via WebEx on the matter.

It is the latest in a series of legal battles against Peters, who has emerged as a prominent figure on the far right in Colorado after endorsing former President Donald Trump’s lies about cheating. Voter fraud is common in the 2020 election.

Peters last month sought the Republican nomination for Colorado’s secretary of state – a position that would allow her to take over the electoral machine in a state that conducts voting by mail, a process she claims. baseless is full of fraud and says she wants to scrap.

But Republicans rejected Peters’ bid, nominating instead Pam Anderson, a former county clerk who has defended the integrity of Colorado elections and ran as an authority. control over that process.

Additionally, Peters was indicted by a grand jury after prosecutors said Peters and her deputies facilitated a May 2021 security breach in early August 2021. pleaded guilty and was not allowed to travel out of state without court permission.

In May, following a lawsuit brought by Griswolds – a separate legal proceeding – a district judge stripped Peters of his duties to oversee this year’s election in Mesa County.

Peters has associated himself with far-right figures who have brought up Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud. She appeared at the “Network Symposium”, a gathering of election deniers last year, during which a series of debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election were promoted. and in Colorado with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

CNN has requested comment from Peters. She has publicly asserted that the investigation is partisan and politically motivated.

She told Colorado Public Radio this month that the charges she faces are “funny.”

“If I have to cause controversy to tell the truth, I’m not afraid of it. And that would put me in danger, because I’m not afraid,” she said.

This story was updated with additional developments on Thursday.

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