Tina Peters, a former Colorado county clerk accused of illegally accessing her election system was sentenced to four months of home detention with an ankle monitor and 120 hours of community service for a misdemeanor obstruction conviction in another case on Monday.
County Judge Bruce Raaum ordered Peters to home confinement for trying to prevent authorities from taking an iPad she allegedly used to video a court hearing, The Daily Sentinel reported. Judge Raaum said that even though Peters had shown she had little respect for the law, he did not think time behind bars was warranted this time.
Peters is awaiting trial on seven felony charges for allegedly allowing a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment in 2021 in search of proof of the false conspiracy theories promoted by former President Donald Trump. That trial is scheduled for August.
She has pleaded not guilty and contends the charges are politically motivated.
The Trump-loving former clerk was briefly detained on Feb. 8, 2022, at a cafe where she was meeting with other people when investigators from the district attorney’s office showed up with a warrant to seize the iPad.
Peters is accused of using the iPad to record a court hearing for a former subordinate, Belinda Knisely, who was also charged in the election system case.
Peters gave the iPad to another person, and police were called. Peters got between officers and the man to try to prevent them from taking the iPad. Peters was handcuffed and taken outside. The incident was captured on police body camera video.
Tina Peters (Trumper), the clerk of Mesa County, Colorado who’s long been suspected of involvement in a leak of county election machine data last year, was arrested Tuesday morning. pic.twitter.com/jGLpdMQr3o
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