This Thursday, conservative lawyer Sidney Powell, 68, co-defendant of former US President Donald Trump for allegedly altering the 2020 election result in Georgia, pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy to interfere in electoral tasks. Before a Fulton County judge, Powell was sentenced to six years in suspended prison, a fine of $6,000, and restitution of $2,700 to the state of Georgia. As part of the agreement, Powell agreed to write a letter of apology to Georgia voters and to testify in future trials related to the case.
Powell is the second co-defendant to plead guilty in this case, following Scott Hall, who pleaded guilty on September 29 and was sentenced to five years in suspended prison, a $5,000 fine, and 200 hours of community service. Powell and another defendant, Kenneth Chesebro, requested a speedy trial, scheduled to begin Oct. 23 with jury selection. Chesebro is the only one who will appear in this trial since the agreement closed the judicial process against Powell.
Powell had previously claimed that Venezuela and Cuba were involved in alleged election fraud targeting Democrats, and she had tried in vain to prosecute Georgia’s governor for “massive voter fraud.” A trial date has not yet been set for the other 16 defendants, including Trump and his former personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Powell’s guilty plea represents a significant development in this controversial election case.