Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia case

 October 25, 2023

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis made headlines this week by accepting a plea agreement from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. 

According to the Associated Press, Ellis pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.

Lawyer expresses "deep remorse" for having represented Trump

Ellis was indicted by Willis on August 14 alongside former President Donald Trump and other associated individuals under Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RIC) Act.

What's more, Ellis was also charged with another felony charge of soliciting the violation of oath by a public officer, both felonies.

The Associated Press noted that Ellis at one point stood up to tearfully address the court, saying that she felt "deep remorse" for having assisted with efforts to challenge election results in 2020.

Ellis explained that she based her representation of Trump on advice provided by more experienced attorneys who maintained that the vote was fraudulent.

Ellis must cooperate in related trials

However, the lawyers insisted that she has since come to believe that Trump legitimately lost his race to President Joe Biden.

"What I did not do but should have done, Your Honor, was to make sure that the facts the other lawyers alleged to be true were in fact true," the Associated Press quoted her as saying.

Under the terms of her agreement, Ellis received a sentence of five years of probation along with 100 hours of community service. She is also obligated to pay $5,000 in restitution, write a letter of apology to the people of Georgia, and cooperate in related trials.

The news service noted that Trump had little to say regarding Ellis' plea when speaking with reporters later on Tuesday, simply remarking that it was "too bad" before adding, "Don’t know anything, we’re totally innocent of everything, that’s political persecution is all it is."

Steve Sadow serves as the former president's lead attorney in Fulton County, and he said Ellis' plea reflected poorly on the prosecution.

Two other former Trump associates have also reached deals

"For the fourth time, Fani Willis and her prosecution team have dismissed the RICO charge in return for a plea to probation," Sadow asserted.

"What that shows is this so-called RICO case is nothing more than a bargaining chip for DA Willis," the defense lawyer went on to allege.

Ellis' plea agreement comes just days after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Trump attorney Sidney Powell reached similar deals.


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