QAnon CO Clerk Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Charges

CBS News reports:

A Colorado county clerk accused of allowing an unauthorized person to break into her county’s election system in search of proof of the conspiracy theories spun by former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case on Wednesday.

Tina Peters entered her plea in Grand Junction before Judge Matthew Barrett, who scheduled a trial for her in March.

Peters is charged with three counts of attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, one count of identity theft, first-degree official misconduct, violation of duty and failing to comply with the secretary of state.

The Colorado Sun reports:

The Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from deposing the judge presiding over the case against her in connection with an unrelated contempt of court matter.

It’s the latest twist in a weekslong legal drama threatening to roil the criminal case against Peters, a 2020 election conspiracy theorist accused of crimes stemming from a security breach of her county’s voting system.

The state Supreme Court ordered Peters to submit written arguments by Oct. 5 as to why the deposition should be allowed. Mesa County District Judge Matthew Barrett then has 21 days to reply. The Supreme Court will then determine whether to allow the deposition.

The Associated Press reports:

A judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit challenging a primary election recount lost by an indicted Colorado county clerk who alleged voting fraud in her failed bid to become the state’s top election official.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters filed a lawsuit objecting to the methods used to recount ballots on Aug. 3 but did not ask for the recount to be stopped until the following day, after the recount was completed and several hours after the recount results had been certified by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

Judge Andrew P. McCallin ruled that election law only gives him the authority to consider recount challenges while a recount is underway and his jurisdiction stops once it is over and is certified.