Judge issues arrest warrant to Colorado County Secretary Tina Peters

A judge in Colorado on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Tina Peters, the secretary of Mesa County, who was barred from overseeing the election after she was charged with electoral manipulation and official misconduct.

Judge Matthew Barrett of Colorado’s 21st Judicial District Court said Peters, who recently lost the state’s GOP primary as secretary of state, had violated the terms of her $ 25,000 bond, which prevented her from traveling. The judge has revoked the bond and ordered her to be jailed pending a hearing.

Peters, an advocate for former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lies, traveled to Las Vegas this week to speak at a conference of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association without obtaining court approval, according to court documents.

The group held the conference in response to a “nationwide call for investigations into electoral fraud by sheriffs and law enforcement” and as part of an effort to pursue “the truth about the 2020 election,” according to a press release on its website.

A grand jury in Colorado had indicted Peters on 10 charges of crimes and misdemeanors in connection with an investigation into a security breach. Authorities claimed that Peters let an unauthorized person participate in a Dominion software installation in May 2021 and copied the hard drives to her county’s voting machines.

Authorities said that after the breach, passwords for the county’s voting machines and other data were published online, and the compromised machines had to be replaced. Peters denies guilt.

In the run-up to the primary election, Peters’ lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said she had to travel regularly to campaign. But after she lost the primary last month, prosecutors claimed she no longer had any reason to travel out of state.

“Ms. Peters must be treated like any other criminal defendant on tape and must file a petition requesting a change in her bonding conditions and obtain permission from the court before the trip,” Mesa County District Attorney Daniel Rubinstein wrote in a motion Monday. “Mrs. Peters has less motivation to appear in court now that she is no longer a candidate. In addition, she has proved through her pre-election journey that she has the means to escape if she wants to.”

The court persisted in taking a position on the proposal until a response from the defense, but it ordered her not to leave until the case is resolved.

Rubinstein said Peters had not yet traveled to Las Vegas when Barrett issued the order Monday, claiming she was at the Mesa County Detention Facility “nearly five hours after the court restricted any travel outside the state.”

In a motion to overturn the arrest warrant for Peters’ arrest later Thursday, her attorney Harvey Steinberg said Peters traveled to Las Vegas “without being informed of the court’s travel ban on July 11, 2022.”

Peters also announced that she intended to travel 14-17. July, according to Steinberg, who also acknowledged what he described as an “oversight” on his part of communicating those plans to the court.

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