Lawyer Kenneth Chesebro pleaded guilty to a felony on Friday, just as jury selection was getting underway in his trial on charges accusing him of participating in efforts to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election in Georgia, as reported by Kate Brumback for the Associated Press (AP).
His plea came a day after fellow attorney Sidney Powell, who had been scheduled to go to trial alongside him, entered her own guilty plea to six misdemeanor counts. I Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Chesebro, who was charged alongside Trump and 17 others with violating the state’s anti-racketeering law, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of conspiracy to commit filing false documents in a last-minute deal, with prosecutors agreeing to dismiss the other charges.
His plea came a day after fellow attorney Sidney Powell, who had been scheduled to go to trial alongside him, entered her own guilty plea to six misdemeanor counts.
In Chesebro’s case, he was sentenced to five years' probation and 100 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, write an apology to Georgia’s residents, and testify truthfully at any related future trial.
The two guilty pleas, along with a third for a bail bondsman last month, are major victories for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
They allow her to avoid a lengthy trial of just two defendants, which would have given those remaining a peek at her trial strategy, and to whittle down an unwieldy pool of defendants.