Kenneth Chesebro, an attorney who helped to organize an alternate slate of electors in the event of a challenge to electoral certification in 2020, has pleaded guilty to one felony in exchange for probation and a fine. While the plea deal has been hailed as a “massive victory” for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, Cheeseboro did not plead guilty to the RICO violations or any of the most serious accusations levied by Willis.
Chesebro pleaded guilty to one felony, conspiracy to commit filing false documents. In exchange for the guilty plea, he will serve fives years of probation and be ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. “The defendant provided detailed instructions to co-conspirators in Georgia and other states for creating and distributing these false documents,” prosecutor Daysha Young said at the plea hearing Friday.
Willis has alleged that Trump and his allies constituted a criminal organization when they sought to use constitutionally protected legal measures to challenge the 2020 election.
Chesebro’s plea deal became increasingly likely after another Trump attorney, Sidney Powell, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor in exchange for testimony. Another co-defendant, Scott Hall, pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor charges last month.
Legal experts have noted that none of the defendants have pleaded guilty to the most extreme charges in Willis’ indictment, suggesting that her office is offering such deals because her case is so flimsy.
“I said yesterday if Chesebro gets a deal similar to Powell’s that is a White Flag by Willis,” wrote former federal prosecutor Bill Shipley in an X post. “She’s not ready to have her case tested by cross-exam and defense witnesses. It is the Prosecution that is running from a trial, not the defendants.”
“Multiple felonies down to misdemeanors that are recorded in disappearing ink — they go away completely if no violation of probation,” he continued. “A complete fraud of a prosecution.”
I said yesterday if Chesebro gets a deal similar to Powell's that is a White Flag by Willis.
She's not ready to have her case tested by cross-exam and defense witnesses.
It is the Prosecution that is running from a trial, not the defendants.
Multiple felonies down to… https://t.co/4dXNjzNhBp
— Shipwreckedcrew (@shipwreckedcrew) October 20, 2023
Former President Trump and the remaining co-defendants have pleaded not guilty.