Kenneth Chesebro, a lawyer who authored memos detailing how Republicans could send false slates of presidential electors to Congress, has pleaded guilty in the Georgia election interference case that charged him and 18 others.
Chesebro pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of conspiracy to commit filing false documents. Prosecutors recommended he serve five years of probation, pay restitution, and complete community service, along with testifying at trial.
Jury selection for his trial had been slated to begin Friday. Chesebro, who requested a speedy trial in the case, had been set to go to trial alongside attorney Sidney Powell, but she also took a plea deal, on Thursday.
Sidney Powell, a one-time attorney for former President Donald Trump who helped orchestrate his legal efforts to try to overturn his 2020 election defeat, has pleaded guilty in the sweeping Georgia election interference case.
Powell spread baseless claims of widespread election fraud after the 2020 contest and worked to access voting machines in Coffee County, Ga., and elsewhere to further those assertions.
Powell is one of 19 people, including the former president, who were charged with racketeering in the case tied to failed efforts to reverse his defeat in Georgia.
She also faced six other charges for her role in organizing an effort to illegally copy election data from rural, Republican-heavy Coffee County. There is no evidence of fraud in Georgia’s thrice-counted 2020 election results.