BREAKING: Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia RICO case

Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements in writing.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
In a Fulton County, Georgia courthouse on Tuesday, Jenna Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements in writing.

The former Trump lawyer is one of 18 co-defendents indicted alongside the former president on RICO charges, in which Fulton County DA Fani Willis alleged that "while associated with an enterprise, unlawfully conspired and endeavored to conduct and participate in, directly and indirectly, such enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity." Ellis was accused of making false statements.

By pleading guilty, Ellis waives her right to a jury trial, and will now await sentencing. The mandatory minimum for her offence is one year in prison. 

Ellis, a first offender, was informed that if the court does not follow the state's recommendation, she is permitted to withdraw her guilty plea and move forward with a jury trial.

As of now, however, by admitting to the charge, she will be subjected to five years probation, have to pay a $5,000 restitution fine to Georgia's secretary of state, and complete 100 hours of community service. She has already written a letter of apology to the citizens of Georgia.

In addition, Ellis is not allowed to communicate with co-defendants, witnesses, or the media until all cases have been closed, and must refrain from posting about trials on social media. The National Pulse reported that Ellis had raised over $216,000 via crowdfunding for her legal fees and claimed that she intended to “fight back and stand for the truth!”

Ellis, who turned herself in to Fulton County Jail in August, was charged alongside her co-defendants including Trump, of violating the state's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, with prosecutors alleging they had engaged in a criminal operation to keep the former president in the White House after he lost the 2020 election. 

She is the fourth defendant to take a plea deal in the case, alongside Kenneth Chesebro, Sidney Powell, and Scott Hall.

"If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges," Ellis said in court. "I look back on this whole experience with deep remorse."

Ellis admitted that she had knowingly falsely written that thousands of ballots were illegally counted, that thousands of felons illegally voted, and that thousands of underage people illegally registered before they were eligible to vote.
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